Yesterday, he was handed on-the-record accusations of his sexual misconduct —not exactly the kind of pre-Oscars press producers of The Disaster Artist were hoping for. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published an investigation featuring five women who said Franco behaved inappropriately towards them and abused his role as a mentor and teacher. The alleged behavior included taking off a guard protecting an actress's vagina for a sex scene, storming off a shoot when no women would volunteer to take their top off and pressuring young actresses to play prostitutes. The report was published in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations against Franco posted to Twitter during the Golden Globes. 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. His attorney, meanwhile, denied all the allegations from the Times' report. The tweets and subsequent LA Times report might seem to have come out of nowhere. But Franco, known for roles in James Dean, Pineapple Express, Hours and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, has a history of creepiness that, until now has been largely brushed off as part of his eccentric persona.
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By Laura Fox For Mailonline. The actor, 40, attempted to shield his face with a black mask while his stunning partner, 25, could barely keep her hands off him. James and Isabel have reportedly been dating since November , but have predominantly kept their romance under the radar.
Elizabeth Blair. Ted Robbins. Nina Gregory. James Franco, shown here at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in , has been served with a lawsuit alleging sexual exploitation and fraud. Actor James Franco has been named in a lawsuit that alleges he and two other men ran an acting school that sexually exploited female students. The plaintiffs are two former students of the now-closed school, which was called Studio 4. He also taught acting at the collegiate level, in addition to teaching at Studio 4. We have not had an opportunity to review the ill-informed Complaint in depth since it was leaked to the press before it was filed and our client has yet to even be served. James will not only fully defend himself, but will also seek damages from the plaintiffs and their attorneys for filing this scurrilous publicity seeking lawsuit. When he opened Studio 4 in , Sarah Tither-Kaplan was one of its first students.
It should have been a pure moment of triumph for James Franco. Tither-Kaplan is one of five women who, in interviews with The Times, accused Franco, 39, of behavior they found to be inappropriate or sexually exploitative. Four were his students, and another said he was her mentor. In some cases, they said they believed Franco could offer them career advancement, and acquiesced to his wishes even when they were uncomfortable.