James Franco is the latest accused perpetrator of sexual harassment against women during the reckoning of sexual abuse that has taken Hollywood and the world by storm. The James Franco sexual misconduct allegations were published in a report by The Los Angeles Times that features five women accusing the actor of harassment.
The report features the accounts of five women who have come forward with allegations and accusations that The Disaster Artist actor harassed them on the set of their films.
“I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” said Tither-Kaplan, who was one of many women who took to Twitter on Sunday night to vent anger over Franco’s win.
She told The Times that in a nude orgy scene she filmed with Franco and several women three years ago, he removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.
Two other student actresses also recounted negative on-set experiences. Both said Franco became angry when no women, while at the shoot, would agree to be topless.
Later, the report details both of the encounters:
Both women described what they considered to be an unprofessional and hostile shoot at a strip club.
Midway through filming, Dusome said Franco approached the actresses — who wore masks and lingerie — and asked, “So, who wants to take your shirt off?”
When no actresses volunteered, Franco stormed off, Dusome recalled.
“I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case,” Dusome said. “I don’t think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he went down a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process.”
When another actress declined to partcipate in a nude topless scene that wasn’t part of intitial contract and hiring, she was fired.
James Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, directed The Times to the comments Franco made on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday night.
James Franco said:
“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done,” he told Colbert. “I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”
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