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Women Accuse James Franco off Sexual Misconduct

12 January 2018
Women Accuse James Franco off Sexual Misconduct

The creator of the HBO series "The Deuce" - which stars James Franco twice, as twins - is speaking out after the actor was accused by five women of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. Read the full Times report here.

James Franco arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

James Franco pictured at the Golden Globes with brother, Dave Franco.

Again, just because someone deleted a tweet, doesn't mean they don't still stand by what they said.

Speaking to Variety, the New York Times issued a statement that explained "the event was meant to be a discussion of the making of the film, The Disaster Artist".

The New York Times has canceled a public event with James Franco days after the Golden Globe victor was accused of sexual misconduct. "Times up on that!" Franco allegedly told her that it was wrong for him to have initiated a sexual relationship with someone recovering from substance abuse, but that he hadn't done "anything illegal". So I don't want to, you know, shut them down in any way. I've heard about them... "But one of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had".

Tither-Kaplan and Paley both say Franco apologized to them a year ago in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that kicked off of the #MeToo movement, but both say they found his apology insufficient. "It's, I think, a good thing, and I support it".

"The way I live my life, I can't live if there's restitution to be made. She took the tweet down, I don't know, I can't speak for her", he continued. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don't have the answers. "I feel terrible 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". I support change. [MUSIC] We listened, there were incredible people talking that night. "I'm completely willing and want to".

He added, "Like I said, you know, there are stories that need to get out". I directed her in a play off-Broadway. "There are people and women and others that have not been a part of this conversation, and I truly believe - and why I was wearing the pin - is that they need to be a part of this conversation. Because I believe in it that much".

On Wednesday night, Franco appeared on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers and the actor discussed some of those allegations. Five women were interviewed about their negative experiences with Franco.

Tither-Kaplan, who went on to appear in several Franco productions, acknowledged the positive remarks - and said Franco later apologised for making her feel uncomfortable.

Former students spoke of an alleged unprofessional culture at Franco's now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a sex scenes class.

Two other actresses have come forward, Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, who remembered that Franco grew angry when the actresses on set refused comply with his request to take off their shirts. A former student recalled how Franco stormed off when no one volunteered.

Another woman on the record with the Times, Violet Paley, was also vocal on Twitter after Franco's Golden Globes win.