James Franco misses Critics' Choice Awards amid sexual misconduct claims

Danny Woods
January 14, 2018

He was likely referring to comments women made after they saw him wearing a "Time's Up" pin, signifying support for an initiative against sexual harassment in Hollywood, at the Golden Globes on Sunday. They surfaced on Twitter minutes after he accepted a best comedy actor Golden Globe on Sunday for his role in "The Disaster Artist".

The star-studded ceremony came just hours after the Los Angeles Times published a report stating that five women have come forward to accuse Franco of "inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior", so it appears Franco was lying low. Four of the accusers are Francos former acting students.

Five women, including former students at his Studio 4 acting school in NY and an actress, have shared stories about the Disaster Artist actor, with one having said it was "an abuse of power", the LA Times reported.

James' attorney Michael Plonsker said, "The allegations about the protective guards are not accurate".

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

Facing accusations by an actress and a filmmaker over alleged sexual misconduct, James Franco said on CBS' "The Late Show" on Tuesday the things he's heard aren't accurate but he supports people coming out "because they didn't have a voice for so long".

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One former student, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, told the Times that while filming an orgy scene for a project, Franco had the actresses remove plastic guards that covered their genitals as he simulated performing oral sex on them. She said: "I use twitter to make jokes most of the time".

"I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out", said Paley. She wrote in now-deleted tweets, "James Franco just won".

"I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy, I directed her in a play Off-Broadway". Remember the time you pushed my head down in a auto towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? He wore the Time's Up pin "because I do support it", he told host Stephen Colbert, before addressing the tweets and allegations. "I don't know what else to do", Franco told Colbert in the interview, which was marked by several silences.

Five women told the Times that Franco, 39, abused his power as an acting teacher at Studio 4 in NY and Los Angeles.

Two of the women interviewed by the Times were expanding on allegations they had previously made on Twitter.

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