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Busy Philipps Says James Franco Was 'A F--king Bully' & Assaulted Her on 'Freaks & Geeks' Set

Busy Philipps Says James Franco Was 'A F--king Bully' & Assaulted Her on 'Freaks & Geeks' Set

Busy Philipps is opening up about her experience with James Franco.

In a newly released excerpt from her upcoming memoir This Will Only Hurt A Little, the 39-year-old actress detailed working with her 40-year-old Freaks & Geeks co-star.

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In the excerpt, Busy wrote about filming a particular scene that required her to gently hit James in the chest during their dialogue, which reportedly caught him off-guard.

“He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!’ And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me,” she wrote.

She also said he was a “f–king bully” while working together on the show.

She added that James allegedly apologized to her the following day, after being forced by the show’s producers and director, but that he was never punished for his actions and continued working.

This Will Only Hurt a Little is out on October 16.

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  • Thiran Uthaman

    yea’ ok.

  • Alina

    You want so much attention!!!

  • Vanity

    after like 30 years now you complain? ffs

  • parisjok

    believe her and more females are scared to come forward on him

  • cuzjcacjo

    it sounds like she complained to her director/producer?

  • on the real

    She doesnt want attention! She just wont let a known abuser keep skating by. Fuck James Franco. There are so many other girls that are afraid to talk about what he did to them. And when they do speak up. They want attention. Whatever.

  • Esoteric11

    James Franco is a creep. Used to like him. I wouldn’t want him near my daughter. Oh wait, she’s over 18, so she is probably safe now.

  • Sansa Squad

    It was 18 years ago. This story was pulled from a chapter in her upcoming book (if you’re unfamiliar with the concept of memoirs, they *tend* to span large periods of time) in which she details how he treated her as part of a larger reflection on her experience working on Freaks & Geeks. Sounds like it was pretty significant and worth mentioning in that context? If this was her being “opportunistic”/just trying to “ruin” him she could’ve come out with it months ago when he was REPEATEDLY exposed by various accusers as a predator, but instead she waited to reveal it as part of HER story… It’s not her fault it’s getting pulled as clickbait now. People are so quick to judge her without even reading past a headline yet will defend him with nothing to back it up. Telling.

  • Vanity

    I meant to make it public knowledge.

  • Vanity

    listen up ok, complaining about someone’s character after whatever many years is pointless, so he was mean to her who cares? People are mean they do things should we make a spectacle of every little person that was an asshole to us? I mean really grow a spine.

  • suzybel

    Any witnesses to this event? If so, why hasn’t anyone reported it before?

  • suzybel

    Any witnesses to this event? If so, why hasn’t anyone reported it before?

  • Sansa Squad

    I read that Judd Apatow spoke about it on a podcast, saying he has it on tape somewhere because they were filming at the time… Everyone on set witnessed it, hence why he was made to apologize.

  • Sansa Squad

    I read that Judd Apatow spoke about it on a podcast, saying he has it on tape somewhere because they were filming at the time… Everyone on set witnessed it, hence why he was made to apologize.

  • Sansa Squad

    Calling out someone who treated you badly *knowing* you’re going to get negative attention for it is spineless? That’s a new one. And as far as who cares – again, it’s HER memoir. She cares, obviously, and it happened to her so it’s her prerogative to talk about it. If it clouds her memories of working on the show that jump-started her career, that’s significant. And she doesn’t exactly make a “spectacle” of it – two or three sentences got pulled as quotes out of an entire book… that hardly sounds excessive to me. If it upsets you that much, don’t read it.

  • Sansa Squad

    Calling out someone who treated you badly *knowing* you’re going to get negative attention for it is spineless? That’s a new one. And as far as who cares – again, it’s HER memoir. She cares, obviously, and it happened to her so it’s her prerogative to talk about it. If it clouds her memories of working on the show that jump-started her career, that’s significant. And she doesn’t exactly make a “spectacle” of it – two or three sentences got pulled as quotes out of an entire book… that hardly sounds excessive to me. If it upsets you that much, don’t read it.