James Franco has been backed by three universities which include New York University, the University of Southern California and UCLA which all state that the actor had a total of zero complaints against him.
Among the three universities, New York University, the University of Southern California and UCLA have all stated that during his time teaching at their universities, not a single complaint was filed. 5 woman have accused the actor of sexual misconduct which includes 4 student-actors from Studio4 and Playhouse West.
Franco taught at New York University from 2011 to 2012, then taught at the University Of Southern California from 2013 to 2015 followed by 5 years of teaching at UCLA from 2012 to 2017 during which not a single complaint was filed against the actor and teacher. James Franco has denied all accusations although the universities did not respond immediately to any of the accusations against him.
Accusations And Comments
Of the 5 to come forward and accuse actor James France of sexual misconduct and “abuse of power”, four of the accusers stated that James Franco abused his power and forced them to perform topless or even undress and be completely nude. Several of the accusations state that James Franco would become visibly angry when the actresses would not appear nude or were hesitant in undressing.
‘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,’ said Sarah Tither-Kaplan, one of Franco’s former acting students. James Franco “would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts’ in his projects, Katie Ryan told the Times.
Several of the complaints and accusations were “misleading” or “inconsistent” with Franco stating that:
“I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. The things 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. It’s, I think, a good thing, and I support it.”