Katie Ryan told The Times she met Franco at Playhouse West and took several classes at Franco's Studio 4 film school, which he launched in Los Angeles and NY. Violet Paley, who accused Franco of coercing her into oral sex before they later began a consensual sexual relationship, told the L.A. Times that after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke a year ago, she had e-mailed Franco to voice her anger and sadness at how he had treated her. She agreed to the nudity in the film - she signed a nudity agreement - because she believed the small role would be good for her career, but one day on set a producer asked Tither-Kaplan and a few other women if they would film a "bonus" orgy scene.
Franco's interview with Meyers aired just hours ahead of an L.A. Times investigation that included testimonies from two of the women who spoke out against Franco on Twitter, as well as acting students and aspiring actresses with whom Franco allegedly had shared-at least at first-a mentor/mentee relationship.
"He just took advantage of our eagerness to work and be a part of something bigger".
Actress Violet Paley said on Twitter that Franco pushed her head toward his groin in a vehicle, and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan claimed a $100-a-day contract she signed to perform nudity in a film of Franco's was exploitive.
According to the Los Angeles Times report, Tither-Kaplan was asked by Franco in 2015 to play a prostitute in his feature film The Long Home.
"The things I heard are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out because they didn't have a voice for so long", he explained.
Actress Ally Sheedy also said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business.
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Franco's legal team has consistently denied the allegations against him.
"If I have done something wrong", he added, "I will fix it-I have to".
"I feel there was an abuse of power", she tells the paper.
In 2014, he began an exchange on Instagram with a 17-year-old British girl he'd met in NY.
Tither-Kaplan also told the Times that anyone who balked or said no to the actor's demands was quickly removed from participating in Franco's productions.
Franco disputed the women's allegations via his attorney Michael Plonsker, who pointed the newspaper to Franco's comments on the late-night CBS show. Franco, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical and Comedy for The Disaster Artist, is considered a contender for other acting nods this awards season, and there's already speculation about whether nominating bodies such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will take into account the claims against him. "And if I have to take a knock because I'm not going to. actively refute things, then I will".
Franco's publicist did not provide any additional statement from the actor when contacted by the Press Association. He told Meyers, "The [tweets] I read were not accurate. So, I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson".
"There are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard".