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New: James Franco accused of sexual misconduct by five women. Jackie Strause writes:
One of the women who spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the Disaster Artist star and director is Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student at the film school Franco founded, Studio 4 in North Hollywood, and one of the women who accused the movie and TV star of sexual misconduct on Twitter amid his Golden Globes win Sunday night.
The Times also spoke to two of his former students at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, where he taught acting classes, who recalled a "hostile" shoot at a strip club. "I don't think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he went down a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process," said one of the students, Hilary Dusome. The other student, Natalie Chmiel, said Franco grew "visibly angry" when the women declined to remove their tops. Full story.
+ Seth Meyers grills Franco: Just last night, one day after Franco faced Stephen Colbert, the actor responded to a similar line of questioning from Seth Meyers. "I did read them, I haven't responded. I think the ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that needs to be had," Franco said.
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