Following his Golden Globe win for “Best Actor - Comedy” thanks to his role in “The Disaster Artist,” more James Franco accusers have come forward.
One of the five women accusing him of sexual misconduct is Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who told the L.A. Times that seeing Franco up onstage accepting an award while wearing a “Time's Up” pin was like a “slap in the face.”
According to Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student at the film school Franco founded, the A-list actor abused his power:
“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."
The L.A. Times went on to report:
[Tither-Kaplan] told The Times that in a nude orgy scene she filmed with Franco and several women three years ago, he removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.
When asked about the allegations by the awards show's host, “Late Night's” Seth Meyers, Franco said that people's stories need to be told, even if those people are accusing him.
“There are people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say, just because I believe in it that much. So if I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much."
In a separate interview with Stephen Colbert, the 39-year-old actor told the “Late Late Show” host:
“Look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done. I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”
And it looks like Franco is sticking to his word.
During the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday night, Franco won the comedy “Best Actor” again, for his role in “The Disaster Artist,” but the actor was a nowhere to be found.
According to People, the accusations against Franco are taking a toll on him. A source told the magazine:
“He’s in a really bad place, so bad that he changed his phone number. His close friends are trying to be there for him but it’s been hard – he’s only talking to a select group of people. For now, he’s just hiding out.”
With the Screen Actors Guild Awards set to take place on January 21, it's unclear if Franco will be present.