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James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior By 5 Women

James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior By 5 Women

Five women have come forward to accuse James Franco of both “inappropriate” and sexually exploitative” behavior.

The Los Angeles Times published an expose, where four of his students came forward. One of the women said James was her mentor.

Franco began Studio 4, a film school, in Los Angeles and New York back in 2014. One of his students, Hilary Dusome, recalled that he once asked a group of women to take off their tops for a shoot.

“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,” Hilary said. “I don’t think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he went down a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process.”

“He just took advantage of our eagerness to work and be a part of something bigger,” another student, Natalie Chmiel, said. “We were all these up-and-coming actors who were so hopeful.”

Another woman, Violet Paley, began a romantic relationship with him. She recalled a moment where he pressured her into performing oral sex while sitting in a car. “I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out. I got really nervous, and I said, ‘Can we do this later?’ He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn’t want him to hate me, so I did it,” she said.

A former acting student, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, recalled another time where Franco filmed an orgy scene and none of the women present were wearing clothing. Franco kept removing the plastic guards over their genitals, so that there was no protection between the women.

The report also brought up the time back in 2014 when he tried to get a 17-year-old to come to his hotel room.

Franco just won a 2018 Golden Globe for his work on The Disaster Artist.

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  • 777

    I’ve been waiting for this one for weeks. Blind Gossip reported these stuff months ago. What JJ posted here is nothing, everyone should read the full story. This guy is a creep and hopefully more women come forward because of this article.

  • Jamie
  • 777

    That’s the one. They also posted an article weeks ago that there’s an expose in the making about him.

  • rubie

    Look, TimesUP! we need to expose everyone, not just people we don’t like, that’s how this happens, we remain silent, cause we are like, well, its James Franco, nooooooooooooooooo, this is when you need to SCREAM!

  • rubie

    I will not be watching anything that has his name attached to it.

  • Sweet Cheeks

    Another one bites the dust….he just ruined his Oscar nom chances. Abuse of power eventually catches up…..

  • Jojo

    this guy is the definition of creepy… for years

  • moody

    I’m done with this guilty as accused. Everyone has a right to defend themselves and if it isn’t admitted or proven in a court of law, then so be it. Anyone can accuse anyone of sexual misconduct and immediately they are believed. It’s not right or just.

  • Illaramendi

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  • Lisa

    I agree 100%

  • Yeezus_chri5t

    Can you imagine the shame right now ? I mean, were everybody blind and deaf when all the actors/actresses went up on stage at the Golden Globes, talking about sexual harrassement and this guy just sat over there, getting himself drunk, enjoying his night… and they gave him a fucking award !!!!

  • Kat

    Wasnt he sexting a teenager back in 2015 ? I believe it. That man is nasty AF. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND HAS PEOPLE FILMING AN ORGY ????

  • Kat

    This isnt a court, this is a gossip site. People talk trash basically

  • Danae

    Yeah, didn’t he also wear the “time’s up” badge last Sunday? Tells you how much did it mean.

  • Puerto Herrera

    I think enough it’s enough…this people coming forward NOW is so full of shit! You should have come forward when that happened, now you want your 5 minutes of fame? NO MA’AM

  • sheigh

    This man always smells like a piece of crap !

  • Phil the Donahue

    Um, ever hear of death threats? Kinda scary to come forward.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Creep face

  • Puerto Herrera

    This guys are out for blood! Soon we won’t have any male movie stars…

  • Blair Waldorf

    CDAN as well. Enty talked about that f-ed up “acting school” of his where Franco exploited young, naive wannabe actresses there.

  • Blair Waldorf

    Really? You say it like reporting rape or abuse is easy. I doubt it’s easy for young women to stand up to a powerful, rich guy in Hollywood, especially dudes like Weinstein who made threats and tried to ruin his victim’s careers.

  • ShellBell

    Blind Gossip has been doing stuff about him for years. Usually going to blind item sites are 50/50 but I’ve found that BG is one of them that is right 90% of the time and so far, most of what they have said has come true regarding those called out as they too have been talked about several times.

  • ShellBell

    The thing is many did report it at the time and they were told to either shut up about it or it was ignored because of who the star was. The reason so many are coming out now is they know they will be believed. I admit there will be some just using it as an excuse to get publicity but nearly everyone who has been named has already had a reputation this exact kind and thing and there was already stories about them.

  • Puerto Herrera

    I say it like it’s opportunistic, which it is.

  • joshemerson

    They gave him an award because he deserved it.

  • Puerto Herrera

    Totally agree.

  • Casey C

    Given Casey Affleck won his last year, this sadly probably won’t hurt Franco much

  • pitta

    Donald Trump

  • 777

    Yep, CDN is one that gets it wrong most of the time. but BG broke so many stories in recent year that i trust their reports.

  • Black Cat

    seems like noone can enjoy sex anymore cause everything is sexual assault

  • wearing

    I feel like those who do things like that shouldn’t be given the opportunity to work nor the opportunity to get praised for their work. Just like a manager getting canned instead of a promotion for being a creep

  • wearing

    He already admitted it. so this isn’t really the post to be spewing your crap.

  • wearing

    I’m hoping now that the climate is different, he’ll be held accountable. Talk show hosts are asking more questions when they didn’t with Casey

  • wearing

    With James there were already stories and stuff written about him and he coasted through. Same thing with Casey Affleck. I think now people are coming forward because now more people are creating *consequences* for them

  • moody

    I can’t find a single article where he admits to anything so shut your yap and follow the other lemming and drown.

  • wearing

    …No. Here’s a hint: If she says “yes,” then it’s a go. If you are her boss, superior, in anyway hold some sort of power over her, then don’t be an a-hole. sounds easy, yes?

  • wearing

    you mean university educated and empathetic? maybe you should hang out at the Fox News comments instead of here.

  • MommyFrazzled

    Why can’t every person, woman or man, who has an accusation come forward now! They keep trinkling in every other week. And not to bash accusers but just an accusation doesn’t mean guilty. Check and make sure, because if we have learned nothing from Maury people do lie sometimes. My issue with boycotting the projects is that, then the others on that project suffer. If a guy I worked with gets arrested for sexual harassment, don’t cut my damn paycheck off, that’s on him!

  • wearing
  • wearing

    Yes, i liked how spacey was replaced. I think when there’s multiple accusers with no relation to each other, then it’s less likely to be a lie from all of them.

  • moody

    Your mother raised one nasty stupid morally bankrupt POS.

  • Fawkes

    Times up, asshole.

  • Duran

    WOW HE’S F&%T!

  • Wen.M

    Dumbest women on the planet. You accept to film an orgy and you accuse the director of sexually exploitative behaviour?! Then i really can’t imagine how he can remove those magic patch without them having all the time in the world to say no, if he reAlly didn’t ask them the permission to do it. So let’s say a group of women were not proud of themselves for accepting to work in a non shakespearian play, but accepted maybe for money maybe just to be seen. And now that the trend ia accusing “abusers”on internet they jump on the train, yeah! I’m grateful for the Weistein scandal but, as a woman, i have to remember that integrity is a way of living. If you stay silent waiting for the benefits of your silence to expire, or you speak just because you can’t Accept you being a dumb or you just want to Obtein attention and money,like it seems in this case you are not doing a favor to yourself nor to all women.

  • wearing

    Says the one who rolls her eyes at a man detailing his molestation and wants to ignore accusers of sexual harassment.

  • Black Cat

    I am mainly referring to the Violet Paley story because she stated that she had a romantic relationship with him. So I don’t get the sexual assault aspect of this, if you were in a bedroom and you were giving head was ok and in a car is sexual assault? Or the problem lies in the force of things, cause i can’t imagine she couldn’t get away from giving head, since he was driving and he would crash if he tried to use more force (or both hands)…

    I don’t know what’s your take on this, but this story is a little wanky.

  • Black Cat

    Filming an orgy is not the problem. The fact, that (prbly) was in a professional setting and he was not professional by taking off the patches, is the problem.

  • RayonLight

    He is the epitome of good looking, educated, and good actor: why on earth would he need “if true” behave in this manner. He could such a wonderful life.. I don’t get it.

    How heartbreaking for the victims and parents of the accused.

  • Penny Dreadful

    YES! He’s one of the handful of guys I’ve been waiting literally a decade or more for some shit to come out, because I have always sensed something strongly nefarious about them. Affleck was one — and he turned out to be a POS. Confirmed. Now Franco. Still waiting on for the shoe to drop on Timberlake.

  • Penny Dreadful

    Filming an orgy is ABSOLUTELY part of the problem. He used his power as a teacher of impressionable young women to contrive a scene that required them to be naked and sexual with each other. Of all the thousands of movie scene possibilities, why come up with this one if not to fulfill his own predatory fantasies?