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Franco accuser says he’s ‘absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein'

The two women who called out James Franco on Twitter for wearing a “TimesUp” pin after acting inappropriately toward them had more to say about the actor and filmmaker’s alleged bad behavior.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday where they addressed their choices to come forward.

Tither Kaplan was a student in Franco’s “Sex Scenes” acting class, while Paley described being taken advantage of by the actor on a date — before entering a relationship with him.

Tither-Kaplan told reporter Amy Robach that “James abused his power by exploiting the non-celebrity women that he worked with under the guise of giving them opportunities.”

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The filmmaker was one of the women who tweeted after seeing Franco wearing a “TimesUp” pin at the Golden Globes — where he took home the award for Best Actor in a Comedy for “The Disaster Artist.”

“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? Times up on that!” the 26-year-old tweeted. “I 100% did not feel like I had a choice to say no.”

Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley appear on Good Morning America to talk about James Franco on Jan. 23.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley appear on Good Morning America to talk about James Franco on Jan. 23.


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.

“There were a lot of scenes that were added after we were given the original scripts that I felt I wished I had more time to consider them or understand the artistic value of them…sex scenes, nude scenes, yes, a lot of the time they seemed gratuitous and exploitative.”

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Robach then asked the women where Franco falls on the spectrum of Hollywood men “behaving badly” and Tither-Kaplan responded that he is “absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.”

“He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality. He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets and I also think James is a talented and valuable person,” she shared.

“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 build and create a culture that allows the most heinous examples of sexual violence and misogny and discrimination to happen and if we allow any of them, we’re allowing all of them,” Tither-Kaplan continued.


James Franco wore a “TimesUp” pin to the Golden Globes leading women to come forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior.

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Paley, 23, previously shared her story that Franco pressured her to give him oral sex in a car after a date in 2016 — and she reiterated her feelings of that encounter in the interview.

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“He kind of like pushed my head down and was like saying, come on,” Paley recalled.

The two did enter a relationship after that encounter, and Robach asked if Paley felt that relationship “complicates” her story.

Paley said “Yes, of course.”

“I am regretful. I was young, he was a celebrity that I looked up to.”

Michael Douglas is accused by journalist and author Susan Braudy of masturbating in front of her during a one-on-one meeting in his New York apartment when she ran the New York office of his Stonebridge Productions in the 1980s.

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A rep for Franco did not comment other than to say to the women’s claims are not accurate.

The rep also referred to Franco’s comments on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” where the actor told Meyers, “If I’ve done something wrong, I’ll fix it. I have to.”

Tither-Kaplan said if Franco wants to change moving forward he should provide women with more valuable opportunities to advance their careers.

“He’s not unforgivable, at least not for me,” she said.

Paley added: “Please just apologize.”

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