Lest you forget, James Franco is one of many Hollywood men currently facing sexual misconduct allegations. After the actor took home a Golden Globe for his role in The Disaster Artist, several women took to Twitter to accuse Franco of misconduct. Certain instances allegedly occurred when these women were working professionally with Franco. In case you need to be brought up to speed, these are all of James Franco’s accusers and this is what they’ve said about him.
First, there was Sarah Tither-Kaplan, the actress who started the initial Twitter storm against Franco, angry that he’d been photographed wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes. Right after the awards show, Tither-Kaplan took to social media to share allegations that Franco had paid her $100 per day for full nudity in two of his projects, adding that she felt exploited, that she didn’t have the option to tell him no, and that she knew she wasn’t the only one.
Tither-Kaplan’s accusation was just the beginning.
Then, there was Violet Paley, who claimed that Franco pushed her head down to his crotch while they were in a car together. She also brought up another friend, who Franco invited to his hotel room even though she was only 17 years old at the time.
Breakfast Club actress Ally Sheedy may also qualify as one of Franco’s accusers.
During his appearance at the Golden Globes, Sheedy shared a few tweets of her own — which she later deleted. “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/TV business,” she wrote, according to The Daily Beast. “Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much.”
Then, when Paley and Tither-Kaplan went on Inside Edition in January to address their allegations further, they were joined by Tatjana Liepelt, Franco’s former assistant. She said that the actor would send her inappropriate text messages, and that she witnessed him abusing other women firsthand.
Sadly, the list doesn’t end there. Franco’s former students have accused him of similar behavior. According to what Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chimel, who studied under Franco at North Hollywood’s Playhouse West, told the LA Times, Franco asked them to take their shirts off at a commercial shoot that Franco framed as one of his “art films.” In the same article, another student, Katie Ryan, also added that when she took his classes at Studio 4, Franco “would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts.”
So far, Franco has denied these allegations at every opportunity. We may never have a clear picture of exactly what happened, but it’s so important that these women have spoken up about their experiences. We will continue to amplify their voices.