Two women who have accused “Disaster Artist” star James Franco of inappropriate behavior appeared on “GMA” on Tuesday morning, where one said the actor “created exploitative environments” but is “absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.”
“He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality,” Sarah Tither-Kaplan continued her answer when asked where Franco falls on the Hollywood abuse spectrum. “He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets, [but] I also think James is a talented and valuable person.”
“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,” the 26-year-old aspiring filmmaker told Amy Robach. “And so if we allow any of them, we’re allowing all of them.”
Tither-Kaplan told the “Good Morning America” anchor that Franco is “not an unforgivable person” to her. She’d like to see him use “his power to give opportunities to women that are real and valuable and actually give them career advancement,” Tither-Kaplan concluded her remarks.
As for aspiring comedy writer Violet Paley, who said Franco was a bit forceful on a date with her, she mostly just wants an apology. Paley added that she is “regretful” of continuing a consensual sexual relationship with Franco after an initial incident.
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