Five women accuse James Franco of sexual harassment

Postado Janeiro 13, 2018

Right after winning the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in the "The Disaster Artist", Franco's former acting student Sarah Tither-Kaplan took her anger to Twitter, telling the actor to stop taking advantage of young women like her.

James Franco's The Disaster Artist is on a hot streak this awards season, but its actor-director - now in the hot seat over inappropriate behavior allegations - skipped the Critics Choice Awards ceremony.

Franco attended the Golden Globes on Sunday where he sported a "Time's Up" pin supporting the movement against sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published an article in which five women accused him of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior.

When the host asked Franco for clarification, the 39-year-old actor denied all the allegations made against him by his former co-star. The fifth accuser called him her mentor.

The women, who consist of Franco's former students as well as an actress who was mentored by the actor have come forward to share their experiences after they saw an actor wear a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes.

That same night, Franco appeared on The Late Show, where he denied the social media allegations to Stephen Colbert.

Violet Paley, who was among the firsts to accuse Franco, said during a consensual relationship, he once pressured her to perform oral sex in a vehicle and that the "power dynamic was really off". "He is really hurt because he didn't know that we would be in a place where giving someone a voice would be giving someone a license to speak without any accountability".

Dusome, along with several other female students, was selected to be in a project of Franco's, a project that was described as footage to be used in a jeans commercial.

Franco nodded his head slowly and looked at the floor as he listened to Meyers ask the question, and then, speaking solemnly and choosing his words carefully, replied, "There are stories that need to get out".

When Colbert asked Franco for his take on the issue, the actor admitted that he hasn't read any of it but he's heard of it.

"So I don't want to, you know, shut them down in any way".

"If I have done something wrong", he said, "I will fix it - I have to".

HBO said that it has reached out to key players on the show during its first season and found no instances of complaints or questionable behavior by Franco, and that there has been no change to his status on the show for Season 2, which begins production later this year.

"I was sent a couple of the tweets". I have total respect for her.

Paley told TIME that she met Franco through a mutual friend in 2016 and that he took an interest in her writing.

Remember he made this joke about Franco being "seedy" in his opening monologue? She says the video was uploaded to Vimeo by the school and has since appeared on porn sites. "I have to", he said without elaborating.

She then added: "Why is a man hosting?"

Violet Paley, one of the women who accused Franco of misconduct, said Thursday in a telephone interview that his public statements rang hollow and seemed self-serving.