Franco now accused of sexual misconduct by five women

Franco now accused of sexual misconduct by five women

JAMES FRANCO has been accused by five women of further inappropriate sexual behaviour - four of them ex-students at his NY drama school.

Franco opened two Studio 4 schools in Los Angeles and NY in 2014 before abruptly closing in October 2017.

Franco is nominated for a SAG Award for his work on "The Disaster Artist" and as of January 12, 2018, Franco's attorney Michael Plonsker has denied the women's allegations.

The actor has been answering allegations since his Golden Globes appearance on Sunday sparked criticism on Twitter, where he was seen wearing a Time's Up pin in support combatting sexual harassment. Just days after he won a Golden Globe Award, the women-four of whom say they were students at his film school-claim that Franco demonstrated sexually exploitative or inappropriate behavior against them while serving as their teacher or mentor.

Violet Paley, who also posted a tweet about Franco on Sunday, said that she and Franco initially had a consensual relationship but Franco pulled out his penis while they were in her vehicle and pressured her to give him oral sex. The new accusations detailed a "culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable" to the film and TV actor, director and teacher.

On Tuesday, Franco told The Late Show's Stephen Colbert that none of the claims made on Twitter were accurate but that he supports both the Time's Up movement and women speaking out.


Ryan also said that she was offered roles as hookers and strippers for years after taking classes at Franco's Studio 4. "I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it", she told the Times.

"The things that I heard on Twitter are not accurate".

Paley, 23, met Franco in 2016 and began a romantic relationship with him - but she says the power dynamic was always off.

Franco, like other artistes, wore a Times Up pin at the Globes red carpet and when Colbert questioned him on the current #MeToo and Times Up campaigns, the actor said he fully supported them. But she said the negative experiences were "red flags". Students Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel claim there was pressure by Franco for actresses to be topless and he was once "visibly angry" when no one wanted to comply. She took the tweet down. I don't know, I just.

"If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in it that much".

James: I think what I really learned and being here and this week and that show that we were you know ... The actor stated that he would "take responsibility for anything he has done" and "does not want to want to shut down anyone's voice".

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