One of James Franco’s alleged victims of sexual misconduct has opened up about her horrible experience. Sarah Tither-Kaplan apparently didn’t have the best time while taking one of the star’s acting classes.
In an interview on Good Morning America, Sarah claimed that she felt ‘exploited’ by Franco.
The woman revealed that James Franco had a certain type of acting exercise that made female students very uncomfortable.
To be clear, they were sex scenes!
According to her, the actor would use his power over the students to force them to go nude for the said acting exercises.
If they refused, they would immediately be cut from the class.
‘I was a student in a master class that Franco taught in Los Angeles called ‘Sex Scenes,’ Sarah explained on GMA.
She went on to explain how she felt about the content James chose to teach.
‘There were a lot of scenes added after we were given the original scripts that I wished I had more time to consider them or understand the artistic value of them. Sex scenes and nude scenes. A lot of times they felt gratuitous or exploitative. Those who refused to take part in them were asked to leave or to not be part of any of the other projects.’
From Sarah’s point of view, James used his position to exploit his students under the claim that he was actually trying to help by offering them opportunities in the film industry.
Still, the woman made it very clear that what James did cannot ever be compared to the level of abuse other powerful men in Hollywood inflict on the women they work with.
‘It is a pyramid at the top of which is rape and sexual violence, while at the bottom, are other abuses of power, that, when they continue to happen over and over again, build and build, they create a culture that allows the most heinous examples of sexual violence, misogyny and discrimination to happen. So if we allow any of them, we allow all of them,’ Sarah eloquently stressed.
It seems to be a sort of hierarchy when it comes to sexual misconduct in the workplace and as far as she is concerned, Franco is ‘absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.’
‘He’s not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality. However, he created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets. I also think James is a very talented and valuable person.’