James Franco Accuser Violet Paley: 'I Wish He Made a Promise to Change'

James Franco Accuser Violet Paley: 'I Wish He Made a Promise to Change'
From TIME - January 11, 2018

When James Franco denied sexual misconduct allegations in an interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, Violet Paley started crying.

I was just like: Well, now no one is going to believe me,' she told TIME on Thursday.

Paley, 23, first spoke out about her experience with Franco on Twitter after she saw footage of him wearing a Times Up pin as he accepted the Golden Globe for Best ActorMusical or Comedy on Sunday night.

Paley was among five women to accuse The Disaster Artist star of sexually inappropriate behavior in a Los Angeles Times report published Thursday. Francos attorney denied all allegations against him to the Times. His attorney and spokesperson did not immediately respond to TIMEs request for comment.

Paley told TIME that she met Franco through a mutual friend in 2016 and that he took an interest in her writing. She said he was initially a good friend and mentor, then the relationship became romantic. In April of that year, Paley visited Franco on a student film set of an adaptation of William Faulkners A Rose for Emily, Paleys favorite short story. Paley said she thought the two would hang out on set, but instead Franco came out to her car and asked her to drive to a different location. Once they parked, Paley said Franco pressured her to perform oral sex on him.

I felt really off about it, and I got really upset I just thought I was being dramatic, she said. I knew I felt weird about it.

Francos attorney told the Times that Paleys allegations were not accurate.

Franco and Paleys relationship continued after the alleged incident, but they stopped seeing each other a few months later.


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