The women, who spoke out to the Los Angeles Times, accused the Golden Globe winner of abusing his power as an acting teacher, as well as acting in an inappropriate sexual manner toward his students.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan – who was a student at Franco’s acting school – alleged that in 2015, he removed safety guards while she filmed an oral sex scene for The Long Home.
“I got it in my head pretty quickly that, OK, you don’t say ‘no’ to this guy,” she said of the incident. “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.”
As Radar previously reported, other actresses and women slammed Franco, 39, for similar allegedly inappropriate acts. Two other former students claimed he would get angry when they refused to do topless scenes.
James Franco’s lawyer denied allegations, and the actor himself has spoken out about the claims in two recent live interviews.
To Stephen Colbert, the star said: “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way.” He also claimed he had “no idea” what he did to the women to make them accuse him of sexual misconduct.
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