Five Women Accuse James Franco of ‘Sexually Inappropriate’ Behavior

Five women have come forward to accuse actor James Franco of all manner of sexual indiscretions, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times. These women stated that Franco engaged in “sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior,” allegations that have been brewing ever since last week’s Golden Globes, in which the actor wore a pin that supported efforts to stop sexual harassment. Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan, both students of Franco’s at his Studio 4 acting school, alleged that the actor taught a class called “Sex Scenes” in which he urged students to go topless and participate in orgy scenes. He is also alleged to have filmed these scenes and uploaded them to the Internet. Additionally, Tither-Kaplan said that Franco removed “protective plastic guards covering other actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them” while filming these scenes. “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” she said. Another woman, Katie Ryan, alleged that Franco manipulated his students into doing what he wanted by making “everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts.” Studio 4 is now shuttered, but its website did say that Franco “cast roles directly from his classes, and will involve his students in a variety of his film and art projects.” Franco was also prone to outbursts if he didn’t get what he wanted, according to accusers Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel. They both stated that the actor stormed off of a set when they refused to take their tops off during what they describe as “an unprofessional and hostile shoot at a strip club.” “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,” Dusome said. “[He] just took advantage of our eagerness to work and be a part of something bigger,” Chmiel added. Paley noted that she was dating Franco when he got her alone in a car one night. That’s when he allegedly pushed her to perform oral sex on him. “I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out,” she said. “I got really nervous, and I said, ‘Can we do this later?’ He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn’t want him to hate me, so I did it.” Franco has denied these allegations, one of his lawyers has stated. [image via screenshot]

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