Presenter of the award and Vice Principals star Walton Goggins accepted the award on the 39-year-old's behalf.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan, another woman who criticized Franco that night, wrote in a Twitter post directed at him, "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?" Franco was wearing a "Times Up" pin at the awards show, which calls attention to gender inequality and sexual harassment across different industries.
Paley, who dated Franco in 2016, has now said that the actor of pressured her into performing oral sex on him. She also alleged that he tried to lure her 17-year-old friend to his hotel room.
The women said Franco stormed off when no one obliged. She accused The Disaster Artist star of pressuring her to perform oral sex on him in a auto. "I got really nervous, and I said, 'Can we do this later?' He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it".
Devyn LaBella said the acting school offered an online portal for students to upload their work, and that Franco said roles would be reserved for students in his projects. Meyers then pressed Franco on why he hadn't reached out to Sheedy "as someone that you've had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?" Actress Sarah Tither-Kaplan says she created a short film for the class which featured her topless.
And other two former students of Franco's, Natalie Chmiel and Hilary Dusome, also accused him of inappropriate behavior.
What do you think of the allegations against James Franco? [Two] women described what they considered to be an unprofessional and hostile shoot at a strip club. In one encounter, Franco asked a group of struggling actresses "So, who wants to take your shirt off?". One, a since-deleted tweet from Ally Sheedy, insinuated it was hypocritical of Franco to wear a "Time's Up" button to the awards ceremony.
Franco has denied all of the women's allegations through his lawyers. But Franco's attorney denies the accuracy of all of the allegations in the LA Times story, calling them "not accurate".
On Tuesday, a New York Times event featuring Franco was canceled as backlash grew on social media.
In the wide-ranging article from the Los Angeles Times, former students of the actor talk about feeling exploited for what they perceived as career advancement.
In response, Franco's business partner Vince Jolivette told Us Weekly, "As an owner of Rabbit Bandini Productions, the company that ran Studio 4, the school was always run professionally".
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