Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

On Sunday, Franco won the Golden Globes award for best actor in a feature comedy for his portrayal of the eccentric director Tommy Wiseau in "The Disaster Artist". The pin, which said Time's Up, was a nod to the movement started in December by powerful women in Hollywood.

In 2014, Instagram showed an "embarrassed" Franco (top) apparently trying to hit on a 17-year-old Scottish fan. Some students who were recruited from the classes to work in Franco-directed indie films shared experiences on sets that involved pressure to engage in sexually charged situations and expectations of nudity and simulated sexual acts.

Violet Paley said that during a consensual relationship, Franco once pressured her to perform oral sex in a auto and that the "power dynamic was really off".

"The way I life my life - if there's restitution to be made, I will make it", Franco said.

The no-show comes amid sexual misconduct allegations from several women, including Violet Paley and Sarah Tither, which Franco has disputed.

Two other former student actresses, Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, said that Franco had become angry during a photo shoot when they refused to remove their shirts and to expose their breasts.

She added that during a sex scene filmed three years ago with Franco and several women, the actor removed plastic guards covering the actresses' genitalia while simulating oral sex.

"I got really nervous, and I said, 'Can we do this later?'" Paley said. "He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it".

Gadot said she is sharing the award "with all the women and men who stand for what's right, standing for those who can't stand or speak for themselves".

Franco continues to deny the allegations against him.

"But I completely support people coming out and having a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long".

"My promise to you is: I will never be silenced", she said. I had nothing but a great time with her - total respect for her.

Franco addressed the accusations during an interview with Stephen Colbert.

Paley said she later emailed Franco about the ordeal, a claim which was verified by the Los Angeles Times.

Franco spoke with Colbert Tuesday night about claims on social media, some of which were from women also interviewed by the L.A. Times, that he behaved inappropriately. "And I truly believe - and why I was wearing the pin, is that they need to be a part of this conversation, and so I support that". "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".

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