Five Women Have Accused James Franco Of Sexual Misconduct

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Later, actress Violet Paley tweeted that Franco pushed her head toward his groin in a auto while the two were in a consensual relationship.

The number of women who have accused actor James Franco of sexual misconduct has now gone up to five, overshadowing his Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards wins.

Speaking with The LA Times, the women are sharing various stories about their former acting teacher whose alleged behavior they say was inappropriate or sexually exploitative.

Franco's attorney Michael Plonsker disputed all the allegations made in the L.A. Times piece. His attorney and spokesperson did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment.

She also claims she and her female co-stars were asked to appear topless and dance around Franco in an unscripted scene. She said he was initially a "good friend and mentor", then the relationship became "romantic". He deleted it later, but the photo got around: A nearly-naked Franco in the mirror, with one hand snapping the photo and the other, pressed firmly on his genitals. Franco maintained that the tweeted accusations were not accurate, but said that he would not try to actively refute them.

Violet Paley said she met Franco in 2016 and started a relationship with him when he pressured her into having oral sex.

"I felt really off about it, and I got really upset..." "I feel awful that anyone was made to feel uncomfortable but we went to great lengths to make sure all the actresses in the nude scenes felt comfortable and safe". During the interview, he said, "I'm guess I'm, you know, embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky".

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Colbert asked if Franco had any thoughts on how to decipher the truth when people have differing recollections of a situation.

The pair then fell out of touch, but a week after the New York Times reported on multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein in October 2017, Paley emailed Franco to express her discomfort with what she said happened in the vehicle.

"I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable", said 39-year-old Sarah Tither-Kaplan to the Los Angeles Times.

This is very different behavior than the guy who was surfing all the late night TV couches this past week addressing his position on the #MeToo movement. In fact, she signed nudity agreements for each of the films she made with Franco. She claims the actor contacted her to apologise when the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted.

Paley said coming forward has been hard. He denied all allegations against him but acknowledged the rights of the women to speak out.

More than a dozen former students told The Times in interviews that they had a positive experience at Studio 4 [. and] were shocked by the school's sudden closure last fall, and did not know why it had shuttered.

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