James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

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Five women have come forward to the Los Angeles Times with allegations that Franco engaged in inappropriate or exploitive behavior, some of which came through the acting classes that he ran until recently in NY and and Los Angeles. Tither-Kaplan said that she appeared in the background of the scene, and that Franco simulated oral sex on each of the women who appeared with him in the "bonus" scene.

On Wednesday night's Late Night With Seth Meyers, Franco said the tweets by Paley and Tither-Kaplan were "not accurate" but he supported the women's right to express their perspectives.

Two other women (also former students) told the paper that Franco became angry when no women on shoot would agree to go topless.

Katie Ryan, a student at Franco's own acting school Studio4, said the Oscar nominee "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts".

Hilary Dusome, 33, who took a class from Franco in 2012, said that at first, she found him to be "a really generous spirit" eager to help aspiring actors.

In a twist few might have seen coming, movie star and Hollywood golden boy James Franco has now been accused of sexual misconduct by five women - hot off the heels of his Golden Globes victory for best actor in his underdog tale, The Disaster Artist.

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, including former students at the actor-director's NY acting school.

In a statement to the LA Times, Franco's attorney Michael Plonsker disputed the claims, directing readers to the comments made by the actor during the Late Show interview. The woman told him online that she was "nearly 18", and Franco allegedly asked her: "Should I rent a room?" None responded except Paley, who declined to comment for the time being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. Franco responded: "Look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done". Franco squirmed but said he was satisfied with letting it be.

A New York Times event this week where Franco was due to talk about The Disaster Artist, which he also directed and produced, and was cancelled in view of these allegations.

"I don't know", Franco said. They made some allegations.

"I wanted to ask you about some criticism you got on Golden Globes night, because you were wearing a Time's Up pin, in support of the Time's Up movement, which has been created by many powerful women in Hollywood to say that time is up for the abuse and misuse of women, both sexually and otherwise, not only in Hollywood but around the country".

Actress Ally Sheedy also tweeted during the Golden Globes that Franco was an example of why she left the film and television business, but she later removed that message.

The renewed scrutiny on Franco comes four years after he apparently sent a series of text messages, posted on the image-sharing website Imgur, in which he seemed to try to seduce a 17-year-old Scottish girl he had met outside a Broadway theater in NY.

James: I don't know.

"So, I don't want to shut them down in anyway". "It's a way people meet each other today, but what I've learned ... you don't know who's on the other end".

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