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James Franco Accused of 'Sexually Exploitative' Behavior by Five Women

12 January 2018, 03:06 | Anna Nguyen

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James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Globes Win

Golden Globe-winning actor James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

Franco had launched the Studio 4 acting schools in Los Angeles and NY in 2014, but both schools were closed suddenly a year ago, the Times reported. His attorney, Michael Plonsker, specifically said, "the allegations about the protective guards are not accurate".

Violet Paley, who also posted a tweet about Franco on Sunday, said that she and Franco initially had a consensual relationship but Franco pulled out his penis while they were in her auto and pressured her to give him oral sex. One of the women said James was her mentor. Franco stars in the show but also directed several episodes and serves as one of its producers.

During yet another awkward late-night television appearance, this time on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Golden Globes victor was forced to address tweets from two women accusing him of harassment and the now-deleted tweets by Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy. "It's a way people meet each other today, but what I've learned is you don't know who's on the other end". There are people, women and others who have not been a part of this conversation and I truly believe and why I was wearing the pin is that they need to be a part of this conversation and so I support that. "So I dont want to shut them down in any way, and I think its a good thing and I support it", he told the Late Night show host.

Colbert then brought up the allegations on social media, to which he replied: "There were some things on Twitter, I haven't read them".

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The actor started the year on a bit of a high, winning a Golden Globe award for his performance in The Disaster Artist. Students Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel claim there was pressure by Franco for actresses to be topless and he was once "visibly angry" when no one wanted to comply.

"I feel there was an abuse of power", she tells the paper.

Devyn LaBella said that when she was at Studio 4, "They would tell us that smaller parts in their projects were being held exclusively for students - often they were opportunities for extra work or parts that required nudity". She also says he would frequently email her about job opportunities, but the roles were always for "a prostitute or a hooker". I don't know. I just - I guess I'm just letting it be.

"The others, look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done".

"I am still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn't there", co-creator and executive producer David Simon said Thursday in a statement.

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