James Franco wins CCA trophy amid sexual misconduct claims

James Franco wins CCA trophy amid sexual misconduct claims

James Franco wins CCA trophy amid sexual misconduct claims

Five women have come forward accusing James Franco of sexually inappropriate behaviour, following an appearance on U.S. television in which he declared accusations made against him on Twitter were "not accurate".

The Los Angeles Times published a report with the ladies' stories, four of which have been Franco's former students from his Studio 4 acting school. Franco has denied any wrongdoing and explained why he hasn't gone further to refute the claims against him. The women who opened up to LA Times about the actor's behavior expressed their disappointment at his Golden Globe accolade. In the article, Tither-Kaplan alleged that while she was filming a nude orgy scene with Franco and several other women for The Long Home in 2015, he removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses' vaginas before continuing to simulate oral sex on them.

Another woman, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, accused "The Disaster Artist" actor of exploiting her in a film she made for him. However, her feelings later shifted after she was selected to appear, along with other female students, in one of Franco's "art films".

Earlier this week, the New York Times canceled a planned talk with the actor in light of recent allegations.

During his Wednesday night appearance on Late Night, host Seth Meyers asked why he hadn't contacted Sheedy about her tweets after denying he engaged in any questionable behaviour with her. Franco said, "It was so shocking".

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Read the Los Angeles Times' full account, which includes details from other women as well, here.

Franco was also apparently found to be messaging a teenager on Instagram and pursued her even after finding out she was 17. "The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate", Franco told Colbert. "I got it in my head pretty quickly that, OK, you don't say no to this guy", she said. "I was sent a couple of the tweets".

Hilary Dusome, who took a class from Franco in 2012, said that at first, she found him to be "a really generous spirit" and eager to help aspiring actors. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate.

Of course, anyone can say anything they want on Twitter no matter how slanderous.

Devyn LaBella said that when she was at Studio 4, "They would tell us that smaller parts in their projects were being held exclusively for students - often they were opportunities for extra work or parts that required nudity". "I guess I'm just letting it be". I support change. [MUSIC] We listened, there were incredible people talking that night.

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