James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Several Women Following Golden Globes Win
Please note that the accusations include graphic details.
In the wake of his Golden Globe win, actress Violet Paley accused Franco, 39, of pushing her head down towards his exposed penis while in a car together, in addition to allegedly luring her 17-year-old friend to his hotel room.
Paley added that the former accusation did take place while she was of adult age, though it took place against her will. She clarified that the latter accusation is different from the 2014 incident in which Franco allegedly attempted to engage with 17-year-old Lucy Clode, inviting her to his hotel room.
Today, Paley tweeted that Franco "offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone 'apology,'" adding, "I don't accept, but maybe some other people's lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from 'The Disaster Artist' to [RAINN, an American anti-sexual violence organization]."
A second accuser, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, alleged that the actor had her do full nudity in two of his films for $100 per day, telling her that it "wasn't exploitative." Plenty of Twitter users piled on to chastise her for taking the contract, though she explained saying no isn't always a financially viable option.
The third accuser was Breakfast Club actor Ally Sheedy, who starred in the Franco-directed play The Long Shrift in 2014.
In a now-deleted series of tweets, Sheedy remarked that "James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business," later tweeting, "Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much."
None of the accusations have been proven in court, and no charges have been laid against against Franco. He has yet to comment publicly on the new accusations.
You can see the collection of tweets about the allegations below.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
thank you for your support ❤️ just to be clear I wasn't 17, I was an adult. There are a lot more details that will be out soon. Working with people to do it in the best, safest way— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
another reason it's been hard to come forward about this. we did have a consensual relationship as well. unfortunately & fortunately, there are others who went through this same thing as me with him, and worse. I'm glad I am strong enough to speak up for all of us despite trolls— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 9, 2018
A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone "apology". I don't accept, but maybe some other people's lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from "The Disaster Artist" to @RAINN01.— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 9, 2018
Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
I rely on powerful people to help me, because I don't have access to opportunities without them. If they choose to abuse their power and take advantage of my need to work, that isn't my fault. It's the fault of the abuser.— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
I don't sit around waiting for handouts. I have 4 day jobs. Living in LA and pursuing a career in film and TV is extremely expensive. I also have massive student loan debt.— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
If a famous actor who has the ability to make or break my career with the snap of his fingers offers me a part, I don't have bargaining power. I need work. I need to eat. I need a career. I can't afford to say "no".— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018