Two women who have accused James Franco of sexual misconduct appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday to give their first televised interview.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley, who both took to Twitter during the Golden Globes to hit out at the star for wearing a Time’s Up pin, spoke to Amy Robach about their stories, insisting they just want the actor to apologize.
A tearful Tither-Kaplan, 26, who was an acting student at the Studio4 Film School founded by Franco, explained: “James 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, but I also think James is a talented and valuable person.
“It’s 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 [they end up creating] a culture that allows the most heinous examples of sexual violence and misogyny and discrimination to happen. So if we allow any of them, we allow all of them.”
Tither-Kaplan added that Franco, 39, “exploited non-celebrity women under the guise of giving them opportunities.
“When I was a student in the master class he taught in L.A., called ‘Sex Scenes’, there were a lot of scenes that were added after we were given the original scripts that I wished I had more time to consider them or understand the artistic value of them. A lot of times they seemed gratuitous and exploitative.”
Paley, 23, who continued to date Franco after she claimed she was pressured into giving him oral sex, explained: “I mean, I’m regretful, I was young. He was a celebrity I looked up to.”
The comments come after Franco addressed the allegations, insisting, “If I have done something wrong, I will fix it.” See more in the clip below: