James Franco Speaks Up About Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Him

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

Franco had launched the Studio 4 acting schools in Los Angeles and NY in 2014, but both schools were closed suddenly a year ago, the Times reported.

The conversation came about after several women accused the 39-year-old of sexual harassment and misconduct after his Golden Globe win for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, with many unhappy that he was wearing a Time's Up pin to the event. One of the women said James was her mentor.

Franco also is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for the role at a January 21 ceremony in Los Angeles.

Sarah went on to tell the Los Angeles Times that in a nude orgy scene, James would remove the protective plastic guards covering actresses' vaginas and simulate oral sex. Four students, and one mentee claim Franco acted "inappropriately or sexually exploitative".

Both Dusome and Chmiel recounted Franco getting angry on a set when none of the actress acquiesced to his request that they take their shirts off. Chmiel says she was told the footage for a jeans commercial; Dusome thought it was for one of his "art films".

FILE PHOTO: Actor and honoree James Franco poses at the inaugural IndieWire Honors in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 2, 2017. "Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business".

Actress Violet Paley tweeted about Franco allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2016.


Plonsker, according to the Times, refuted all of the accusers' accounts and referred the Times to comments Franco made while appearing on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday. "And, so, I support that".

"There were some things on Twitter ..." So, I don't want to shut them down in anyway.

"I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out", said Paley. Sheedy worked with Franco on an off-Broadway play in 2014, but Franco told Colbert that he had no idea what he did to Sheedy and had "nothing but a great time with her".

"You're not curious enough to reach out to her, as someone that you've had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?" he asked, to which James replied: "I don't know, it was just so shocking, I don't know". She took the tweet down. I don't know, it was so shocking.

"The others, look", he continued. I have to do that to maintain my well-being.

"If I have done something wrong", he added, "I will fix it - I have to".

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