James Franco Skips Critics' Choice Awards Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Producers Richard Suckle and Charles Roven actor Gal Gadot director Patty Jenkins Connie Nielsen and David Thewlis recipients of the Best Action Movie award for 'Wonder Woman', pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice

Producers Richard Suckle and Charles Roven actor Gal Gadot director Patty Jenkins Connie Nielsen and David Thewlis recipients of the Best Action Movie award for 'Wonder Woman', pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice

They surfaced on Twitter minutes after he accepted a best comedy actor Golden Globe on Sunday for his role in The Disaster Artist. A fifth woman accused Franco of pressuring her into performing fellatio while the pair were in a relationship two years ago.

Like in most cases we have been hearing, the accusers stated that they believed Franco could offer them some type of career advancement, and went along with the abuse and his wishes even when they were uncomfortable. After Franco was seen at the Golden Globes wearing a "Time's Up" pin in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and assault, actresses Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan came forward to identify Franco himself as an alleged perpetrator. But, Tither-Kaplan also said that when the Harvey Weinstein story first broke past year, that Franco did formally apologize to her for making her feel uncomfortable.

Natalie Chmiel and Hilary Dusome were taught by Franco at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, and said he became "visibly angry" when all the women at a shoot refused to be topless.

The Times piece came just days after the actor addressed the accusations several women made on Twitter during the Globes broadcast while appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers".

A fifth accuser, Violet Paley, was not a student of Franco's, but said he offered to give her notes on a script. Paley claimed that Franco later pressured her into performing oral sex on him while the two were sitting in her auto. And I truly believe they need to be part of this conversation. "Before I've ever been on TV or before I've ever had any real credits or before any of this - of course I regret that". Fellow student Katie Ryan claimed the Golden Globes victor would say they could get roles if they "perform sexual acts or take off our shirts". "I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable", Sarah Tither-Kaplan, one former student, told The Times.

James Franco
Image James Franco denies the sexual misconduct allegations made against him

A month after the Gawker story, in May 2014, Franco posted a suggestive selfie to his public Instagram account.

She continues defending the actor, "James is all about giving up and comers, actors and actresses and young filmmakers a break in this business". So, if I've done something wrong, I will fix it.

She said: "I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out".

"I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit", Dusome said. She began laughing nervously, she said, and offered to meet up with him later - not in a auto, not in public. "In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world", he said.

She added, "The power dynamic was really off". Franco maintained that the tweeted accusations were not accurate, but said that he would not try to actively refute them. But questions about Franco's behavior with women are following him into the spotlight.

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