After five women came forward this past week accusing actor James Franco of an “abuse of power,” he decided to skip the Critics’ Choice Awards because he is extremely upset and frustrated. The accusations came after Franco won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, but he says they are completely untrue.
According to TMZ, Franco won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Film at the Critics’ Choice Awards, but he was not in the Santa Monica Airport hangar to claim his trophy. Their sources say that the 39-year-old is currently in a bad place after enduring several recent grueling talk show appearances.
One source said that on a scale of one to ten, with ten being inconsolable, Franco is at a six.
The actor did fly to Los Angeles to attend the awards show, but at some point, changed his mind.
Since the Golden Globes, several women have come forward to say that James Franco sexually exploited them or behaved inappropriately https://t.co/f73Newr6YR
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 12, 2018
Four of the women making the accusations are former students from his acting school, with the fifth being an actress who says Franco was her mentor. The BBC is reporting that when the Disaster Artist star wore a Time’s Up pin to the Globes – in support of the initiative aimed at combating sexual harassment in Hollywood – it prompted actresses Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley to take to Twitter and make their claims.
Tither-Kaplan later told The Los Angeles Times that Franco participated in an “abuse of power” on his film sets and created a “culture of exploiting non-celebrity women.”
She added that she filmed a sex scene with Franco and several other women three years ago and he removed the plastic guards covering the women’s genitals while simulating oral sex.
Two other students claimed that Franco became angry during a photo shoot when the women refused to take off their shirts and show their breasts.
Franco taught several acting classes at two different film schools, both named Studio 4, that opened in 2014.
James Franco Accuser Defends Tweet About Ruining People's Lives https://t.co/fKbTciU4IP
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 12, 2018
The actor’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, says that Franco disputes the allegations, and his PR reps referred the media to his recent comments during an interview with Stephen Colbert.
“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate,” Franco said. “I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing I support.”
The Week is reporting that The New York Times canceled a public Times Talk event this week – scheduled to feature James Franco – because of the controversy surrounding the allegations against the actor.