Oscars: James Franco Snubbed After Sexual Misconduct Claims

Lawrence Kim
January 23, 2018

And while it's impossible to know how much the allegations against Franco influenced Oscar voters, this is the best outcome for Me Too and the Academy.

Paley was in the early stages of a relationship with Franco when she claims he pressured her into a sex act while they sat in his vehicle.

"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?" one woman, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, tweeted the night of the Golden Globes on January 7.

- The Best Picture list, curiously, had only nine titles, rather than the maximum ten (along with the five named above, they included "The Post", "Call Me By Your Name", "Phantom Thread" and "Darkest Hour"). "A lot of times they seemed gratuitous and exploitative".

Another actress, Sarah Tither-Kapley, who worked with Franco multiple times, alleged that he exploited her during the filming of a sexually explicit scene for his upcoming film The Long Home, which she signed a nudity agreement for prior to production. His win was decried by many on social media and Brie Larson, who presented the Oscar to Affleck, didn't applaud him, an act she said was "intentional."

Tither-Kaplan was in Franco's acting class and said she regrets some of the decisions she made while put under pressure by the "127 Hours" star.

It was a very good morning indeed for "The Shape of Water", "Dunkirk", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", first-time-nominated directors Jordan Peele ("Get Out") and Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") and many other happy nominees. "I wished I had more time to consider them or understand the artistic value of them", Sarah said.

When asked where he fell on the spectrum of predators in Hollywood, both women were clear in the fact that he was not on the same level as Harvey Weinstein. Actress Violet Paley revealed an interaction with Franco while she was reportedly in a romantic relationship him, in which he reportedly began "nudging" her head toward his genitals.

Franco reiterated his defense during a visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers, explaining that despite him having his "own side" of the story, he believes it's important for women to speak out. "I had nothing but a great time with her and I have total respect for her".

'It is a pyramid and at the top is rape and sexual violence and at the bottom are the other abuses of power that when they continue to happen over and over build and build and create a culture that allows the most heinous examples of sexual violence and misogyny and discrimination to happen. "He was a celebrity I looked up to". "So if we allow any of them, we allow all of them".

Paley added: "Please just apologize". "There are people that need to be heard". "In my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done".

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