Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

In 'GMA' Interview, James Franco Accusers Claim He Exploited Non-Celebrity Women

In 'GMA' Interview, James Franco Accusers Claim He Exploited Non-Celebrity Women

That news came shortly after two of the five women who accused Franco of sexual misconduct sat down with Good Morning America to detail their experiences with the actor.

Paley, 23, claimed the star pressured her into giving him oral sex in a auto after a date in 2016. I directed her in a play off-Broadway.

Tither-Kaplan said she wants Franco to issue a detailed apology to her and the other women who have accused him. "He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets, [but] I also think James is a talented and valuable person". He hit the campaign trail this winter to promote his critically acclaimed performance, and he took home some early awards, including a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy, signaling his support for the initiative devoted to addressing sexual harassment and gender inequity.

Tither-Kaplan revealed that when she was in Franco's sex scenes course at his LA-based school, numerous women felt uncomfortable with the work.

If Franco is looking for a way to make restitution here, Kaplan has a suggestion: she said Franco could make things right by "using his power to give opportunities to women that are real and valuable and actually give the career advancement".

Tither-Kaplan has also reiterated her view that many other women at Franco's school felt similarly about the actor's conduct. Shortly afterwards, five of them spoke to the L.A. Times about his alleged behavior.

"He's not unforgivable, at least not for me", she said. "I was young, he was a celebrity that I looked up to".

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The night before this LA Times story was published, Franco appeared on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" and was asked about the allegations made on social media against him, which he claimed were "not accurate", but said that people "need to be heard".

During a January 9 interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, James defended himself while attempting to show support for the victims.

"In my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done", he told Colbert on January 9. "I have to do that to maintain my well-being", Franco told Colbert.

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The omission comes as James Franco has fielded multiple allegations for sexual misconduct.

"But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long".

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