HBO Takes Wait-and-See Approach With James Franco Allegations


Amid the allegations, Franco was a no-show during the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, when he won the award for Best Actor for his role in The Disaster Artist.

The pin was worn by actors who support Hollywood's sexual harassment initiative Time's Up, which is created to pool funds together for those affected by harassment inside and outside of the industry.

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. Five women were interviewed about their negative experiences with Franco. "Times up on that!", said Sarah on her twitter account.

Tither-Kaplan said Franco has since personally apologized to her for making her feel uncomfortable.

Two other students, Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, both 33, also told the Los Angeles Times yesterday Franco got "visibly angry" when they refused to go topless during a commercial.

In the wake of the backlash against him after his Golden Globes appearance, Franco appeared on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show to deny all the allegations made against him on social media.

Paley claimed after beginning a romantic relationship with the Golden Globe victor, he pressured her into performing oral sex on him while they were sitting in a auto.

"I want to say I wore it because I do support it", Franco said to Colbert.

"I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case", Dusome added.

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Devyn LaBella said the acting school offered an online portal for students to upload their work, and that Franco said roles would be reserved for students in his projects.

The Times confirmed the story with five of Paley's family members and friends, who all say she spoke to them about the incident at the time.

Reps for James Franco and Ally Sheedy did not immediately return USA TODAY's request for comment.

"So I don't want to, you know, shut them down in any way". I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. She claims that Franco eventually apologized for the sexual nature of their relationship.

Tither-Kaplan also told the Times that anyone who balked or said no to the actor's demands was quickly removed from participating in Franco's productions. "I've heard about them", Franco said. One of the accusers, a woman named Violet Paley, is taking heavy criticism for a tweet she wrote in September, in which she claimed to plot ways to ruin people's lives. But questions about Franco's behavior with women are following him into the spotlight.

"I feel so bad that Sarah feels the way she does".

"I'm fine most of the time, but sometimes I'm regretful and wish I hadn't said anything".

She then added: "Why is a man hosting?"