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The american actor, James Franco
The american actor James Franco was the subject of new criminal charges Thursday, five women, including older students, denouncing the inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment in the pages of the Los Angeles Times.
The actor of 39 years and his legal counsel have denied all of these accusations.
Among the accusers, four former students of the school of actors assembled by James Franco say they have been uncomfortable with his behaviour, especially during the scenes of the nude. The fifth, Violet Paley, who is now 23 years old, denounces that they felt forced to practice a blowjob on the actor when they were in a committed relationship.
It is the appearance of James Franco at the Golden Globes on Sunday, wearing a lapel pin supporting the organization Time’s Up for the defence of victims of sexual assault at work, which seems to have triggered this burst of accusations. He received the best actor award in a comedy for The Disaster Artist and is tipped for the Oscars.
“I took it as a slap in the face,” said the LA Times Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former student of the film school, Studio 4, James Franco. She had reacted on Twitter on Sunday evening, feeling “exploited” by the filming of his scenes nude paid $ 100 per day.
This last tells how she participated, along with several other women, to a nude scene when James Franco would have removed the protective film covering the private parts of the actors, while he was playing scenes of simulated oral sex.
Two other former students, Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, explain how James Franco would have asked, as well as other actresses, to remove their tops during a shoot in a club stripping. When they refused, he would have left the scene furious.
Another former student, Katie Ryan, told the daily that James Franco ” was always felt to all the world that there could be roles in the game if it was ready to play sex acts, or to remove our top “.
Back on the accusations
To his side, Violet Paley is back in the pages of THE Times on his charges already made on Twitter Sunday. The young aspiring filmmaker was in a car when he would thrust to the practice of a blowjob. “I became very stressed and I said : “Is it possible to do it later ?” He grew somehow my head down and I just wanted to not that he hates me so I did. “
According to the young woman, she would have since spoken with James Franco, after the explosion of the case, Weinstein last fall, and the latter would have admitted to having acted improperly by engaging in a sexual relationship ” with someone who was in the midst of detox “, but would also have pointed out have done nothing illegal.
Guest on the sets since the beginning of the week after his victory at the Golden Globes and in the midst of the campaign for the Oscars, James Franco has been interviewed Wednesday evening on the tweets accusing. “Those that I read were inaccurate,” he repeated, as before, during the show Late Night with Seth Meyers.
In a press release issued by the lawyer of the actor, one of his guiding of casting on the film The Long Home, due out in 2018, says that he never received any complaints from the actresses. “James is doing everything to help the young actors, actresses and directors promising to make inroads in this sector,” she continued.
James Franco had made headlines in 2014 when a the united kingdom had published an exchange of messages on Instagram in which the actor proposed to him to rent a hotel room even after learning that she was 17 years old.