Two women who have accused actor and filmmaker James Franco of sexual misconduct came forward to tell their stories on Tuesday morning — as the nominees for the Academy Awards were announced, and Franco’s Disaster Artist was snubbed.
Appearing on Good Morning America, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley discussed their claims.
Tither-Kaplan was a student in a masterclass taught by Franco in Los Angeles. In the class, Tither-Kaplan says she participated in nude scenes.
“A lot of the time, they seemed gratuitous and exploitative,” Tither-Kaplan said.
She went on to claim that actresses who did not participate in these scenes were either asked to leave, or not asked to be in any further projects.
“James is absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein,” Tither-Kaplan said. “He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality. He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets.”
Paley says she dated Franco and the two had a consensual relationship. But she claims the actor took advantage of her on a date.
Franco’s representative told GMA that the women’s claims are “not accurate.”
GMA‘s Amy Robach asked Paley what she would say to Franco, if she could speak with him.
“A lot of things,” Paley said. “But please just apologize.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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