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Five women have accused actor James Franco of sexual misconduct.

“Franco is alleged to have engaged in exploitative behavior with young women who took classes at his now-closed Studio 4 acting school, which recruited actors keen for a break to appear in projects that involved nudity.”

According to reports,

At one shoot at a strip club where Franco was directing, former Studio 4 students Natalie Chmiel and Hilary Dusome told the Times that the actor-director stormed off set when none of the women actors agreed to go topless. (Franco’s lawyer denied he made this request.)

One of the women, who was vocal on Twitter after the Golden Globes, was Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former Studio 4 student of Franco’s who appeared in some of his film projects.

Tither-Kaplan later appeared in a 2015 Franco-helmed project, The Long Home. She said that, while she initially signed nudity agreements for the film, Franco asked her to film some unscripted nude scenes, including one orgy scene where Franco removed the plastic guard covering the actors’ vaginas as he continued to simulate oral sex. Another unnamed actor on set corroborated Tither-Kaplan’s story to the Times.

“Another woman featured in the Times story, Violet Paley, told BuzzFeed News that she first met Franco in March 2016, and he later coerced her to perform oral sex on him.” (source)

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