The internet backlash over him curving Tommy Wiseau at the 75th Golden Globes is not the biggest problem James Franco has to deal with right now.
"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, a filmmaker and actress that attended Franco's film school. She told The Times that while filming an orgy scene with Franco and other women a few years ago, he removed the protective guards from their vaginas without permission while simulating oral sex.
During the awards show, Tither-Kaplan was one of many women on Twitter who were not thrilled about Franco taking the stage to claim his award while wearing a "Time's Up" pin. "[It] was like a slap in the face," she said. Some of the tweets about him went into detail about the gross things Franco allegedly did, and it only got worse when the LA Times article broke.
Four of the five women whose stories about Franco's misconduct were published were former students, and the other says that she was his mentee. They recounted stories of his anger when women did not want to get topless at shoots. "I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit," said Hilary Dusome, "and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case."
During an interview with Stephen Colbert last night, Franco was given the opportunity to address the allegations and to share his thoughts on the "Time's Up" movement. "I haven't read them, I've heard about them," Franco said about the allegations that were posted on Twitter that day, including separate accusations made by Ally Sheedy that he said he knows nothing about.
"The others? Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done," Franco told Colbert. "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. I think it's a good thing and I support it."
It's safe to say that this is not the last we will hear of these women and their stories, and we wouldn't be surprised if more women come forward. Like Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, and all the men who came before him, Franco may have to (finally) face the consequences of his (alleged) actions.