James Franco faces sexual allegations from five women

Actor James Franco

James Franco has addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him after he was criticized for wearing the Time's Up pin at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

After allegations against James Franco hit Twitter following his Golden Globes win on Sunday, five women came forward in a Los Angeles Times piece published Thursday to accuse the actor of inappropriate or sexually coercive behavior.

On The Deuce, a drama about the dawn of the porn industry in 1970s New York, Franco stars in a dual role as twins, playing Times Square bartender Vincent and his brother, Frankie. "Our instructors were excellent, student feedback was positive and this recent tweet from a former student is very inconsistent with the mission of the school and we are investigating this matter", he said.

Natalie Chmiel, another selected student, and Dusome described what was a hostile set to the LA Times.

Tither-Kaplan did note that Franco apologised to her in late 2017 following the avalanche of allegations of sexual misconduct that plagued Harvey Weinstein. One, a since-deleted tweet from Ally Sheedy, insinuated it was hypocritical of Franco to wear a "Time's Up" button to the awards ceremony.

On Twitter and in the L.A. Times article, Paley said Franco offered her an apology a few weeks ago.

- Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) January 11, 2018'While at studio 4 she enrolled in #jamesfranco "s sex scenes master class" - Such a thing exists? "So I don't want to shut them down in any way".

Katie Ryan, another former student, said that Franco led everybody to "think there were possible roles on the table" if they consented to perform sexual acts or take off their shirts in front of him. She alleges that, during the shoot, Franco removed plastic guards from the women's genitals and then simulated sex acts.

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Tither-Kaplan also said she saw one woman fired after she refused to do one of Franco's requested nude scenes.

In the new report, five women have made accusations against him and he has categorically denied all of the allegations through his lawyer.

"James is all about giving up and comers, actors and actresses and young film makers a break in this business", the statement goes on. Paley said that Franco hasn't reached out to her since she spoke up, and she has not tried to contact him. She began laughing nervously, she said, and offered to meet up with him later - not in a auto, not in public. "I felt that he was still not really taking accountability for the environment on the sets".

Later, Paley said, she and Franco advanced their consensual sexual relationship. Franco's attorney also denied these allegations.

The pair then fell out of touch, but a week after the New York Times reported on multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein in October 2017, Paley emailed Franco to express her discomfort with what she said happened in the auto.

Paley said Franco's response is upsetting.

Another Franco attorney said she had received no complaints during the movie filming.

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