Women allege James Franco sexually exploited them as a mentor

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Franco won the statuette for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Critics" Choice Award however he was conspicuously absent from the awards show as reported by EW, unlike his Golden Globes win from just a few days ago where he received the Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy whilst sporting an anti-sexual harassment "Time's Up' lapel pin.

Earlier Thursday, five women accused Franco - also now starring in the HBO series The Deuce - of inappropriate behavior via a Los Angeles Times exposé.

In regards to the sexual misconduct allegations made against him, Franco explained his way of life. She accused The Disaster Artist star of pressuring her to perform oral sex on him in a auto.

They said they thought Franco, who has substantial star power in Hollywood, could help them in their careers and acquiesced to his wishes even when they were uncomfortable.

James Franco's Golden Globes victory may have placed the actor under the spotlight on Sunday, but the win also nudged the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct facing him under the public microscope immediately after.

At one shoot at a strip club where Franco was directing, former Studio 4 students Natalie Chmiel and Hilary Dusome told the Times that the actor-director stormed off set when none of the women actors agreed to go topless.

Franco's attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed the allegations to the Times.

Another woman featured in the Times story, Violet Paley, told BuzzFeed News that she first met Franco in March 2016, and he later coerced her to perform oral sex on him.

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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 is really hurt because he didn't know that we would be in a place where giving someone a voice would be giving someone a license to speak without any accountability". However, Franco removed the plastic guard that covered the women's vaginas before simulating oral sex with them, she alleged.

In response, Franco's business partner Vince Jolivette told Us Weekly, "As an owner of Rabbit Bandini Productions, the company that ran Studio 4, the school was always run professionally".

"I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it", she told the Times referring to her complaint. If I have done something wrong, I will fix it. Franco, who was 35, asked her number of questions-including her a request for a photo, her relationship status and the name of her hotel- that suggested he was looking for a sexual relationship. "It's such bulls-t", she said.

In a statement provided by Franco's publicist, Robin Baum, Cynthia Huffman, casting director of The Long Home said Tither-Kaplan's description of the orgy scene was inaccurate.

"I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit", Dusome said.

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

HBO is taking a wait-and-see approach amid the swirl of allegations about inappropriate behavior leveled against James Franco, a star and producer on the cabler's drama series "The Deuce".

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