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Bijou Phillips Apologizes to Daniel Franzese After Allegations of Harassment & Shaming

Bijou Phillips Apologizes to Daniel Franzese After Allegations of Harassment & Shaming

Actress Bijou Phillips has responded to actor Daniel Franzese‘s allegations of harassment and bullying.

The 37-year-old actress issued the following statement to TMZ: “I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don’t remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad. I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel.”

Daniel wrote a lengthy Facebook post over the weekend over the harassment he alleged.

“It started with a lot of eye‪ ‬rolling whenever we spoke but‪ ‬escalated when we did a cast shoot for the poster‪.‬ ‪A‬s we were shooting she kept loudly saying ‘Are you gay?!’ and laughing‪ while ‬the producers‪ ‬and photographer did nothing‪ ‬to stop her but some of my cast like Micheal Pitt and Brad Renfro kept telling her to shut up‪ ‬but she continued to say ‘Are You Gay?!’ Like 10 times making sure to be loud enough for everyone to hear I reluctantly told her i was bi. Which at the time was how I was choosing to‪ ‬identify as ‘Q’ wasn’t known to be an option yet and to be honest I don’t know that I had many gay experiences at the time my life. I was an extremely late bloomer. She cackled and‪ said ‘HA! He’s bi!’ And then when I showed up to work the next day in front of the crew she was screaming “Oh look! The Bi guy is here!” Daniel wrote.

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  • meme

    She’s apologizing because he outed her. She’s a spoiled brat.

  • A.L.

    Do all these idiots have Alzheimer’s ? How convenient,I don’t remember anything,it’s all a blur.

    Saddest things is that many will believe her.Pence is a bigger supporter of Gay Rights than this rotten POS

  • cutitout

    Again, this is not sexual harassment. This is teen-a-hole behavior that everyone goes through and it’s not worthy of a years later public shaming. If he was still hurt about it then he should have just reached out to her privately or better yet dealt with it in therapy.

  • Honeybee

    Dear cutitout, please take your own name to heart and stfu! Calling somebody out about their sexuality is sexual harassment, it’s still about power. Bullies don’t get a free pass because of age either, Karma comes teenage assholes eventually, just like everybody else.😡

  • cafeast

    Wasn’t she a major cokehead back then when? Didn’t one of her kidneys shut off or down or whatever the correct term for that is? Maybe that explains.

  • cafeast

    It is not sexual harassment the way we think what sexual harassment is and how it works: this is some form of gender based bullying. I know that term is so widely used that it no longer carries any real meaning, but it is an extremely douchey thing to do.
    Ultimately he was harassed because of his sexuality.

  • Sherry

    I don’t believe Phillips’ memory on this was a “blur”. Her abuse wasn’t once – it was a daily occurrence on the set and people know what they’re doing at 19. Sexual abuse does not get a pass just because the abuser is female. And abuse of power isn’t confined to men. I’m impressed that Daniel Franzese accepts Phillips’ apology; he’s a good person. But society should no longer tolerate the reckless behavior of the powerful. Whether it’s 10, 20, or 30+ years ago, I’m heartened that the Hollywood powerful are finally getting their comeuppance at surprising speed…hopefully the folks in the political arena are taking note.

  • Rhonda Schuck

    just wait until the guys start telling their “stories” we are really going to be entertained. What did these chicks do to get a role? everyone wants to know!

  • Samantha McCracken Snyder

    Isn’t she married to a Masterson? They are Scientologists and they are against gay people.

  • FerCat

    I read long before that Bijou was effin’ crazy. She even threw a heavy object right out a hotel window many floors up. She coulda’ killed someone.

    This is why she is often cast as the crazy girl because she is.

    But she has mellowed out over the years. She must have some undiagnosed mental condition.

  • FerCat

    “memory on this was a “blur””
    If you’ve read anything about her in her teens and twenties you’d believe that. She was probably on a ton of meds to calm her crazy.

  • Wendy

    It doesn’t say sexual harassment. It says harassment and bullying. He was bullied because he was gay and she harassed him constantly. And she kicked him in the head, which is assault.

  • Sherry

    Franzese’s account would indicate that she was off her meds. But you make a good point. It was a toxic culture. In a better environment her behavior would not have been tolerated and she would have been counseled. I hope the activism against abuse will lead to a better culture.

  • FerCat

    I’m kinda surprised she hasn’t died of some overdoes a decade earlier. Those kidney’s of hers didn’t give up for no reason.

    Scientology will keep it from happening but the girl has SOME stories to tell.

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