Two of James Franco’s accusers, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley, appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to discuss his alleged sexually exploitative behavior.
“James abused his power by exploiting the non-celebrity women that he worked with under the guise of giving them opportunities,” Tither-Kaplan told the show’s hosts.
Tither-Kaplan then alleged that while she was working with him, Franco would add nude scenes after the original script had already been given out. She called these scenes “gratuitous and exploitative” and alleged that actors who refused to do the scene were either “asked to leave or not asked to be in projects.”
However, Tither-Kaplan was firm that “James is absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.” She said, “He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality. He created an exploitative environment for non-celebrity women on his sets.”
On the show, Paley reiterated her allegation that, while on a date, Franco pushed her head down towards his crotch to indicate he wanted oral sex.
Franco’s representatives told Good Morning America that the women’s claims are not accurate, and referred to the actor’s previous statement on the allegations which you can watch below.
When asked what Franco could do as restitution, Tither-Kaplan said “using his power to give opportunities to women that are real and valuable and actually give them career advancement,” while Paley asked him to apologize.
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- Main & Featured Image: Good Morning America