Five women have come forward with more details on the sexual misconduct allegations against actor James Franco. Just days after he won a Golden Globe Award, the women—four of whom say they were students at his film school—claim that Franco demonstrated sexually exploitative or inappropriate behavior against them while serving as their teacher or mentor.
“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 39-year-old Sarah Tither-Kaplan to the Los Angeles Times. The women say some believed that working with Franco could lead them to career advancement in Hollywood. They describe uncomfortable working environments, including sex scenes that made them uneasy. Tither-Kaplan said she was in a nude orgy scene with Franco years ago and he removed protective plastic safeguards covering the actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.
In addition to incidents alleged at Franco’s school, Studio