Actor James Franco braved the crowds as he attended the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Although Franco did not win anything, the actor sat quietly and observed as presenters and the host spoke on the ongoing sexual harassment allegations plaguing Hollywood and the world. Franco is currently facing five accusations of sexual exploitative behavior.
On Tuesday, the 2018 Oscar nominations were announced and Franco was noticeably snubbed for his performance in the film, The Disaster Artist. The snub follows an interview on Good Morning America that featured two of Franco's alleged victims, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley.
Just Apologize Please
Both woman publicly slammed the actor on Twitter after he won the award for Best Actor at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony. Franco also sported a Time's Up pin on his all-black suit, signifying he supported the women and men who have spoken against their attackers.
Paley and Kaplan were both students of Franco's at Studio 4 film school, where they claimed he "abused his power" towards his female students. Paley claims that Franco exposed his private area to her and Kaplan alleges that the actor made her do scenes in his films completely nude.
During their interview with GMA's Amy Robach, Paley and Kaplan both spoke on their "impulsive" decisions to tweet about Franco's alleged misconduct and the remorse they felt working with him.
"Yes, of course. I mean, I am regretful. I was young. He was a celebrity that I looked up to," Paley stated.
Kalpan also stated that the classes had many sex and nudity scenes after the original script was already given to the students. Paley stated that she doesn't think Franco is as vicious as Harvey Weinstein but that doesn't make his behavior okay.
"He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality. He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets, but I also think James is a very talented and valuable person," Kaplan said.
As for what Kaplan and Paley want from Franco? Paley stated she just wants an apology.
Is Franco's Time Up?
Paley and Kaplan's accusations follow The Breakfast Club actress Ally Sheedy's public outing of the actor. Sheedy alleged that Franco sexually harassed her numerous times. Another woman, who remains anonymous, claims Franco lured her into his hotel room when she was 17 years old. Franco lost his opportunity to appear on New York Times'TimeTalk when the allegations began to make headlines.
Franco has denied all the allegations against him and insists that if he did anything wrong, he would "take responsibility" for his actions.