Monday, 16 July, 2018

Disaster Artist James Franco get accused by 5 women of sexual misconduct

HBO defends The Deuce actor James Franco after sexual harassment allegations HBO defends The Deuce actor James Franco after sexual harassment allegations
Stacy Diaz | 13 January, 2018, 07:30

She also took to Twitter the night of the Golden Globes to express her exasperation with Franco proudly wearing his "Time's Up" pin.

During the ceremony, one actress tweeted that he had forced her to perform oral sex on her and asked a 17-year-old friend back to his hotel; a former student of Franco's also tweeted that he had asked her to do a nude scene for $100 a day, which she called 'exploitative'.

Two of the women interviewed by the Times were expanding on allegations they had previously made on Twitter.

They said they thought Franco, who has substantial star power in Hollywood, could help them in their careers and acquiesced to his wishes even when they were uncomfortable. But, Tither-Kaplan also said that when the Harvey Weinstein story first broke a year ago, that Franco did formally apologize to her for making her feel uncomfortable.

Franco's attorney, Michael Plonsker, told The LA Times that he disputed all the women's allegations in the article.

"Remember the time you pushed my head down in a auto towards your exposed penis and that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?"

"I personally checked on all the actresses constantly to make sure they were OK and comfortable", she said. Four of them were Franco's students, while the other one was his mentee at the film school that the actor founded.

Midway through filming, Dusome said Franco approached the actresses - who wore masks and lingerie - and asked, "So, who wants to take your shirt off?". I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. Paley said she thought the two would hang out on set, but instead Franco came out to her auto and asked her to drive to a different location.

"I felt so pressured...and he started pushing my head towards it", she said.

"You're not curious enough to reach out to her, as someone that you've had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?" he asked, to which James replied: "I don't know, it was just so shocking, I don't know".

"I am still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn't there", co-creator and executive producer David Simon said Thursday in a statement.

The Times reported two other women on the shoot recalled negative experiences and that Franco allegedly got angry when actresses refused to go topless in scenes. "It's such bulls-t", she said. "In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world", he said.

She then added: "Why is a man hosting?" Speaking to Meyers, Franco echoed the remarks he made to Colbert, denying any knowledge as to what Sheedy was talking about, and claimed to have had a positive relationship with her when he directed her in a 2014 off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift.