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More sexual misconduct allegations levied against James Franco

More sexual misconduct allegations levied against James Franco
From CBC - January 11, 2018

More women have made allegations of inappropriate or exploitative sexual behaviour against actor-filmmaker James Franco, this time as cited in a Los Angeles Times article.

In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him. Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleged that in a sex scene, he removed guards from the actresses' groins.

Former students spoke of an unprofessional culture at Franco's now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a class on sex scenes. Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, agreed to remove their tops.

In another instance, a topless scene Tither-Kaplanfilmed for a class assignment was uploaded to online video siteVimeo, she said.

Violet Paley said that during a consensual relationship, Franco once pressured her to perform oral sex in a car and that the "power dynamic was really off."

CBC News has not independently confirmed the allegations.

On Wednesday night's Late Night With Seth Meyers,Franco said the tweets by Paley and Tither-Kaplan were "not accurate," but he supported the women's right to express their perspectives. A lawyer and publicist for Franco did not respond to queries Thursday. Franco's lawyer, Michael Plonsker, disputed the allegations to the Times.

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