James Franco event canceled; actor denies allegations of sexual misconduct

James Franco event canceled; actor denies allegations of sexual misconduct

Days after accepting a Golden Globe with a Time's Up pin displayed on his lapel, actor and filmmaker James Franco is being accused of sexually-exploitative behavior by at least five women, some of whom first aired their grievances on Twitter during the awards ceremony. Over the course of filming, Tither-Kaplan said Franco removed the plastic guards covering the actresses' vaginas and continued to simulate oral sex on them.

After meeting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, two former student actresses said he became hostile and stormed off when they did not volunteer to remove their clothes during a scene at a strip club, the paper said. Franco's attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed all claims and directed The Times to the actor's appearance on Colbert's show.

Franco's appearance Tuesday on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" came hours after The New York Times canceled a public event scheduled Wednesday that was meant to feature "The Disaster Artist" director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the movie with a Times reporter.

"I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realised it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case", Dusome said. "I don't know." Determined not to let him off the hook, Meyers suggested that perhaps Franco's "not curious enough", the actor told him he's "just letting it be".

"I think, well, the ones I read were not accurate", the actor said. On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Meyers didn't pull any punches, and asked the actor about the claims right off the bat.

On Twitter and in the L.A. Times article, Paley said Franco offered her an apology a few weeks ago.

Other women, including former students Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, said that Franco would put "female students in uncomfortable situations beyond the normal parameters of acting class".

Franco was later forced to deny the rumours during an interview with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, describing the claims as "not accurate". And I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen.

One of his accusers admitted they were in a consensual relationship, but that he crossed the line by forcing her to perform oral sex on him in a vehicle. "If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in it that much".

One of my favourite approaches was to ask young girls that requested to take a photo with me to email me a copy of the photo; that way I can give them my info very quickly in front of a crowd of fans and later work out a way to see them. "It's a good thing and I support it". Not to mention, Rabbit Bandini co-owner Vince Jolivette defended that Studio 4 "was always run professionally". "It's a way people meet each other today, but what I've learned ... you don't know who's on the other end".

"There are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard".

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