Five women have reportedly accused actor and director James Franco of sexual misconduct, with four of them alleging that he behaved inappropriately with them when they were students in his acting classes.
The tweets of actresses Violet Paley (who alleged Franco all but forced her into fellatio) and Sarah Tither-Kaplan (who claimed she felt she had no choice but to be nude for Franco on set, and told the Times that while simulating oral sex in a Franco-directed a nude orgy scene three years ago, he removed several actresses' plastic guards covering their vaginas) immediately went viral.
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.
While filming scenes at a strip club - the former said she believed it was footage for an art film, while the latter said she was told it was a commercial shoot - Franco allegedly asked the women, "So, who wants to take your shirt off?"
On Sunday she called Franco out on social media after the Globes ceremony, publicly recounting an incident in which she says he pressured her to perform oral sex inside a auto.
After Franco won a Golden Globe award for his performance in "The Disaster Artist" on Sunday night, he was criticized on social media for showing solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct by wearing a Time's Up pin.
All of the women who came forward were students at Franco's Studio 4 acting school, which he opened in NY and Los Angeles in 2014 and which abruptly closed previous year.
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When asked about Sheedy's comments by Seth Meyers on "Late Night" Wednesday, Franco said, "It was so shocking". He told Meyers, "The [tweets] I read were not accurate". Actress Ally Sheedy also said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business. In it I had mentioned that we've heard stories about Franco. He added, "If I have to take a knock because I'm not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much". Vince Jolivette, co-owner of Rabbit Bandini, which ran Studio 4, said in a statement provided to the Times by Franco's attorney that "the school was always run professionally".
These claims were also denied by Franco's lawyer.
Asked by Colbert at the end of Tuesday's interview to address the recent allegations, Franco denied their accuracy and clarified that he wore the Time's Up pin "because I do support it". "It's a good thing and I support it", Franco said.
The New York Times has canceled a public event with James Franco days after the Golden Globe victor was accused of sexual misconduct.
The renewed scrutiny on Franco comes four years after he apparently sent a series of text messages, posted on the image-sharing website Imgur, in which he seemed to try to seduce a 17-year-old Scottish girl he had met outside a Broadway theater in NY. "I got it in my head pretty quickly that, OK, you don't say no to this guy", she said.
James: I think what I really learned and being here and this week and that show that we were you know ... "Before I've ever been on TV or before I've ever had any real credits or before any of this - of course I regret that. And I'm here to listen and learn, and change my perspective where it's off, and I'm completely willing, and I want to".