James Franco accused by five women of sexually inappropriate behavior

  • James Franco accused by five women of sexually inappropriate behavior

James Franco accused by five women of sexually inappropriate behavior

James Franco has been accused of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior by five women in the Los Angeles Times this morning.

Katie Ryan, another former student, said Franco "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts". When she and some other women were filming an orgy scene with him, he ripped away the protective barriers covering their genitals and pretended to give oral sex to one of the women as she watched in horror.

In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him.

After meeting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, two former student actresses said he became hostile and stormed off when they did not volunteer to remove their clothes during a scene at a strip club, the paper said. Franco denied the claims in a Tuesday night appearance on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", hours after The New York Times canceled a TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday that was set to feature him and his brother Dave, who also starred in "The Disaster Artist". "I have to", he said without elaborating.

Another woman, Violet Paley, a 23-year-old aspiring filmmaker, began a romantic relationship with Franco in 2016 after she says he pressured her into performing oral sex on him in her vehicle, a situation that made her uncomfortable. "I got it in my head pretty quickly that, OK, you don't say "no" to this guy", she said.

"He just took advantage of our eagerness to work and be a part of something bigger".

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. "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". I talked to them several times and told them if they were uncomfortable or did not like what was going on to come to me immediately and I would take care of it.

Aspiring filmmaker Violet Paley also alleged an incident in which Franco, who she was in a romantic relationship with at the time, pressured her into performing oral sex in a vehicle.

"The ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things I've learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had", Franco told host Seth Meyers. "It's a good thing and I support it". When Meyers asked Franco if he had reached out to Sheedy-who obliquely accused Franco of bad behavior-the actor repeated, more or less, what he said on Late Show: "I had a great relationship with her. I don't know. I guess I'm just letting it be". Afterward Franco said he was "embarrassed" and said social media is "tricky". Since the LA Times story broke, the Facebook account for The Room, the movie that Franco's Disaster Artist draws from, has publicly spoken out against Franco and the allegations.