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James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by five women

12 January 2018

JAMES Franco is being told "Time's Up" by five women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in a bombshell report from the Los Angeles Times, four of whom were his students.

Tither-Kaplan told The Times, Franco removed protective plastic guards while filming a nude orgy scene with her and other actresses, the plastic guards were covering other actresses' vaginas faking oral sex on them.

Tither-Kaplan also said that she created an original film featuring nudity for a "Sex Scenes" class taught by Franco at his now-defunct L.A. acting school Studio 4, which she later found posted to porn sites. Franco's lawyer denied all the women's allegations, though Tither-Kaplan claimed that Franco had reached out in the wake of Weinstein at the end of a year ago, to apologize for making her feel uncomfortable.

Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel said that they were asked to participate in a "hostile" shoot in a strip club in which they were wearing lingerie and masks, and that when Franco asked who among the women actors would volunteer and none did, the actor left in a huff.

Paley, who was not one of Franco's former students, told the Times she began a romantic relationship with Franco in early 2016 after he said he would help her with a script she had written.

A former girlfriend of Franco, Violet Paley, also alleged that she was pressured into performing oral sex in a vehicle. Previously, surrounding Franco's Golden Globes win for The Disaster Artist, Paley tweeted criticism of Franco's decision to wear a Time's Up pin and accused him of sexual misconduct. His classes were attended by actors looking for their first break, some of whom thought that break might come in one of the many low-budget projects Franco was constantly working on. So I don't want to, you know, shut them down in any way. "If I've done something wrong, I will fix it". I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen.

"We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on The Deuce production", HBO said in a statement to Deadline.

"Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done", Franco said, before denying accounts of his behavior. James Franco's attorney has denied all of the allegations.

Franco's Studio 4 film school (which suddenly closed last fall) initially promised access to roles in Franco's projects, which was a draw for numerous students. She also claimed that she would receive mass email requests from Franco inviting her to audition to play the roles of "a prostitute or a hooker". They made some allegations.

"I have my own side of this story", Franco told host Seth Meyers Wednesday night, "but I believe in, you know, these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say". "I think it's a good thing, and I support it".

In 2014, after Franco admitted to trying to approach a 17-year-old and get a hotel room where she was staying even after having learned her age, told his Instagram followers that he hoped parents would keep their teens away from him. [MUSIC] There are incredible voices, and I support it. "I had nothing but a great time with her", he said.

During yet another awkward late-night television appearance, this time on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Golden Globes victor was forced to address tweets from two women accusing him of harassment and the now-deleted tweets by Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy. She also took to Twitter the night of the Golden Globes to express her exasperation with Franco proudly wearing his "Time's Up" pin.

James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by five women