Two women who have accused actor James Franco of sexual misconduct said on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday that they’re waiting for him to make amends.
Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan repeated accusations they’ve made on Twitter that Franco abused his power and behaved inappropriately.
Paley has accused Franco of coercing her into performing oral sex on him. “He kind of like pushed my head down and was like, saying, ‘come on,'” she said on Tuesday.
Asked what she’d like Franco to do now, Paley said, “a lot of things but please just apologise.”
Tither-Kaplan said she was a student in a master class on sex scenes taught by Franco and a lot of scenes “seemed gratuitous and exploitative.” She added that Franco “created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets.”
Tither-Kaplan said she’d like to see Franco use his power to “give opportunities to women that are real and valuable and actually give them career advancement.”
The two women initially made their allegations on social media after Franco attended the Golden Globes awards ceremony wearing a “Time’s Up” pin indicating support for victims of sexual misconduct.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!
— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
Franco’s representative made no comment except to say the women’s claims are not accurate. They referred to his previous comment on the matter.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Franco said: “If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to.”
She said Franco exploited the “non-celebrity women” he worked with.