He won the award for best actor in a comedy or musical for The Disaster Artist. James Franco denies allegations 3 women have tweeted about him
On Wednesday night’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, Franco said the tweets by Paley and Tither-Kaplan were “not accurate,” but he supported the women’s right to express their perspectives. In 2014, Instagram messages showed Franco apparently trying to hit on a 17-year-old Scottish fan. Former students spoke of an unprofessional culture at Franco’s now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a class on sex scenes. Franco on Tuesday told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that he had “no idea” why Sheedy said that. She gave no other explanation for her comment. Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleged that in a sex scene, he removed guards from the actresses’ groins. I have my own side of this story, but I believe that these people have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in that so much,” said Franco to Meyers. Violet Paley said that during a consensual relationship, Franco once pressured her to perform oral sex in a car and that the “power dynamic was really off.”
CBC News has not independently confirmed the allegations. In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him. He directed her in a 2014 off-Broadway play. Franco’s lawyer, Michael Plonsker, disputed the allegations to the Times. Afterward, Franco said he was “embarrassed” and said social media is “tricky.”
“I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson,” the actor said at the time.
© The Associated Press, 2018 Actress Ally Sheedy also said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business. Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, agreed to remove their tops. “If I have to take a knock because I’m not gonna, you know, try and, you know, actively refute things, then I will because I believe in it that much.”
Paley and Tither-Kaplan earlier tweeted about their past encounters with Franco after the actor wore a pin supporting the Time’s Up initiative for gender equality at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. More women have made allegations of inappropriate or exploitative sexual behaviour against actor-filmmaker James Franco, this time as cited in a Los Angeles Times article. In another instance, a topless scene Tither-Kaplan filmed for a class assignment was uploaded to online video site Vimeo, she said. “There are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard. A lawyer and publicist for Franco didn’t respond to queries Thursday.