Friday, 19 January, 2018

Five women accuse James Franco of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior

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In total five women accused Franco of inappropriate behavior in the Times article, some claiming he would encourage acting students to be in sexual or nude scenes. She said she once saw Franco remove protective plastic guards covering other actresses' vaginas while simulating oral sex for a scene.

Filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan tweeted: "Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes, remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it?"

In another claim, two student actresses say Franco stormed off a film set after no female actresses involved in a scene took up his suggestion to go topless.

But one night, she alleged that she was in a vehicle with Franco and she felt compelled to perform oral sex on him because "the power dynamic was really off".

It was Franco's second late-night appearance in a row, having talked with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night about allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against him.

According to the Los Angeles Times report, Tither-Kaplan was asked by Franco in 2015 to play a prostitute in his feature film The Long Home.

"I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people who have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much", Franco said, eyes on the floor ahead of him. She says she was on the receiving end of or saw numerous instances of Franco exploiting his power over women as a celebrity-director-producer in inappropriate ways, including getting angry when actresses wouldn't take their tops off and the aforementioned oral sex scene, which occurred while filming the now unreleased film The Long Home in 2015.

Several of Franco's collaborators defended him from some of the claims. "I got really nervous, and I said, 'Can we do this later?' He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it", she said.

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"I feel there was an abuse of power", she tells the paper.

Katie Ryan, who took classes at Studio 4, said Franco "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts".

The renewed scrutiny on Franco comes four years after he apparently sent a series of text messages, posted on the image-sharing website Imgur, in which he seemed to try to seduce a 17-year-old Scottish girl he had met outside a Broadway theater in NY.

"Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done", he told Colbert. Franco's attorney disputes all the women's accusations.

When contacted by CNN, a spokesperson for Franco pointed to the actor's comments on the late-night shows and provided statements from supporters.

"There are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard. I don't know", Franco said.

"I think, well, the ones I read were not accurate", the actor said.

He said he had used "bad judgment" and had "learned my lesson".

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