5 women reportedly accuse James Franco of sexual misconduct

Violet Paley

In a Los Angeles Times report published Thursday, five women - including four former students - accused Franco of sexual misconduct.

Tither-Kaplan told reporters that during a nude orgy scene she filmed with Franco, he removed the plastic guards covering several actresses' genitalia. Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, would go topless. One of Franco's accusers, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, told The Los Angeles Times that she was offended by it.

Franco, 39, taught acting classes at other studios before opening up Studio 4, a bi-coastal acting school, which closed a few years back.

Two of the women interviewed by the Times were expanding on allegations they had previously made on Twitter.

Franco said he supports the "Time's Up" movement against sexual harassment and for gender equality.

"I am still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn't there", Simon said in a statement sent to the Sun by HBO on Thursday.

Franco is nominated for a SAG Award for his work on "The Disaster Artist" and as of January 12, 2018, Francos attorney Michael Plonsker has denied the womens allegations.

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"I'm here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it's off, and I'm completely willing and want to", he said. When asked about the allegations he disputed the accuracy of one of the tweets, but said, "One of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had". I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they need to be a part of this conversation. "So I support them". "I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out", she told the Times.

"The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate", he said. She also notes that for years, she received mass email requests from Franco to audition for roles playing a "prostitute or a hooker".

On Sunday she called Franco out on social media after the Globes ceremony, publicly recounting an incident in which she says he pressured her to perform oral sex inside a auto.

"If I have done something wrong", he said, "I will fix it - I have to".

Franco concluded his comments on the allegations against him by saying that regardless if he is being implicated in the crossfires, he believes these stories need to be heard. Vince Jolivette, Franco's production partner at Rabbit Bandini Productions, which ran Studio 4, said the school "was always run professionally" and that he was investigating the matter.

When no one volunteered, Franco stormed off, according to fellow student Natalie Chmiel, 33.

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