Five women, including four students at the shuttered Studio 4, and one who considered him a mentor, accused actor James Franco of sexually exploitative behavior. Sarah Tither-Kaplan told the Los Angeles Times
Franco asked women on a production to perform an orgy scene in which he would simulate oral sex on the women, but removed a protective plastic guard over their vaginas. A fifth accuser, Violet Paley, claims she was pressured to perform oral sex on Franco when she began a romantic relationship with him in 2016.
Franco's attorney disputed the allegations to the Times and pointed to his recent comments on "The Late Show
." The New York Times also cancelled
a recent panel event for Franco's film "The Disaster Artist" citing “the controversy surrounding recent allegations.”