James Franco accused of 'inappropriate or sexually exploitative behaviour' by five women

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Paley, who was not one of Franco's former students, told the Times she began a romantic relationship with Franco in early 2016 after he said he would help her with a script she had written.

Recalling an incident in which the two of them were in the vehicle, she says "I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out". She explained how she was able to stop the situation by claiming to see someone near their auto.

On Late Night, Franco emphasized his support for the movement toward accountability in Hollywood, repeating that he didn't want to detract from the women's stories while simultaneously and paradoxically claiming that they were not true-without offering any specific rebuttals.

Franco's attorney told the LA Times that "the allegations about the protective guards are not accurate". So I don't want to, you know, shut them down in any way. Alongside Sarah Tither-Kaplan, four other women were former acting students who recounted stories of being asked to appear nude in scenes for his "art films" and having Franco become visibly upset if they refused. The contract she signed only paid $100 per day, she said.

"I got it in my head pretty quickly that, okay, you don't say "no" to this guy", Tither-Kaplan said.

During filming, Dusome and Chmiel said Franco asked the actresses if they wanted to take their tops off.

These claims were also denied by Franco's lawyer.

These latest accusations come at a time when Franco seemed to cement his status as a content producer of substance with The Disaster Artist, rather than in ineffable artist. "I haven't read them, I've heard about them". "I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable", she says. "But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn't have a voice for so long".

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Seth Meyers confronted James Franco about Ally Sheedy's cryptic tweets as the actor fielded uncomfortable questions about his alleged sexual misconduct.

After the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke in October, Paley says she reached out to Franco and he tried to make amends. "Please never ask me why I left the film/TV business".

In the intervening months she had sent me plenty of photos of her body and especially her ass bent over in a G-string, so when she arrived at my Lower East Side apartment, I was ready and she was ready.

Sheedy has since deleted the tweets. "I felt that he was still not really taking accountability for the environment on the sets".

Franco said he didn't know what she was talking about and added he had a good relationship with Sheedy, to which Meyers shot back. wasn't he curious enough to call her and find out what she was talking about?

"It was so shocking", Franco replied.

"I don't know", Franco said.

"I guess I'm just letting it be", Franco said. "There are people that need to be heard". "There were some things on Twitter". "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 [people's stories being heard] that much". His attorney did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment.

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