by Margaret M. | January 11, 2018 3:10 pm
James Franco, 39, is being acused of misconduct from forcing actresses into sexual acts and showing his genitals at inappropriate times.
One woman said that she was originally in a consensual relationship with Franco, but four others were taking classes at Franco’s now-closed acting school called Studio 4.
Of the aspiring actresses, Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleges that while shooting a nude orgy involving Franco, he removed the protective piece of plastic on his genitals while in the heap. His ex-girlfriend Violet Paley said that she was once forced to perform oral sex on the actor in his car.
Tither-Kaplan was taking a master class in sex scenes (it’s not only colleges that offer wacky learning experiences) and was filmed topless. Later, the video was uploaded online without her consent and a still image of the shoot reportedly ended up on an adult website. Now, she says, “if you Google me, you can see me naked… before I’ve ever had any real credits… I regret that. I don’t want that.”
Still, Tither-Kaplan agreed to take a role in Franco’s The Long Home but while filming a nude orgy (I sense a theme here) that’s when Franco allegedly removed his genital covering.
Both women publicly attacked him after Franco won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
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In response, Franco’s lawyer Michael Plonsker denied all allegations, but the two women claim that Plonsker called them both up to apologize.
During the livecast of the awards show, actress Ally Sheedy of Breakfast Club fame tweeted, then deleted these two remarks:
“Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much.”
“James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/TV business.”
Sheedy was directed by Franco in an off-Broadway play
When asked directly by Stephen Colbert about the allegations, Franco, who “spiraled into depression” when Trump won said that he had “no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy,” and that the other accusations on Twitter “are not accurate” and that he still supports “people coming out” and that he didn’t “want to shut them down in any way.”
Franco’s Globe-winning film is based on The Room, one of the worst features ever released, and having seen it I’d still recommend the few bucks to see in theaters. One of the actresses, Alison Brie, spoke with People Magazine and noted that on her first day at set for a fitting, she said that her brother-in-law James “was totally nude filming a scene,” and that there was an “adjustment period” to getting used to being directed by Franco. Franco reportedly stayed in the character of eccentric movie-maker Tommy Wiseau, either naked or clothed, during the entire shooting of the film which he also produced.
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