Five Women Come Forward And Accused James Franco Of Inappropriate Behavior

Posted January 12, 2018

Learning lessons appears to be something of a theme for Franco. Another actress who participated in the shoots confirmed Tither-Kaplan's account to the Times.

Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, would go topless.

It's been a long week for actor James Franco.

Tither-Kaplan alleged that Franco asked her to play a prostitute in the film The Long Home, which starred Courtney Love, Josh Hutcherson and Timothy Hutton. One of the women accused Franco of removing the protective guards covering women's genitals during a sex scene, while another claimed the actor coerced her into performing oral sex on him. But in each case, she said he removed a clear plastic guard that covered their vaginas - and continued to simulate the sex act with no protection. Franco, through his lawyer, denied the allegations to the Times. "I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her".

Like Colbert on Tuesday night, Meyers did not ask about Franco's Instagram incidents in 2014-which included posting a risqué selfie and admitting to trying to meet up with a 17-year-old girl, asking her if he should rent a room at a hotel for them.

Franco opened two Studio 4 schools in Los Angeles and NY in 2014 before abruptly closing in October 2017. She also took to Twitter the night of the Golden Globes to express her exasperation with Franco proudly wearing his "Time's Up" pin. Okay. First of all: I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy.

The TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday was meant to feature "The Disaster Artist" director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the film with a Times reporter. "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", she shares.

Two other former female students of Franco's, Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, recounted another negative on-set experience. Four were his students, and another said he was her mentor. She recalled a moment where he pressured her into performing oral sex while sitting in a vehicle.

"I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out", said Paley.

"I got it in my head pretty quickly that, OK, you don't say "no" to this guy", she said according to the Times. She explained how she was able to stop the situation by claiming to see someone near their auto.

"The power dynamic was way off", she recalled.

Ryan also said that she was offered roles as hookers and strippers for years after taking classes at Franco's Studio 4.

She says he later apologized for having a sexual relationship with her while knowing that she was struggling with substance abuse, and on Twitter she characterized this apology as "overdue, annoyed, convenient".

David Simon said in a statement to Variety that Franco, who also served as an executive producer on the series, was "entirely professional" during their work together and that the network received no complaints.

Franco appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week, claiming that the allegations made on Twitter after the Golden Globes were "not accurate".

On Wednesday, he told Seth Meyers on "Late Night", "There are people that need to be heard".