What’s Current: James Franco responds to sexual assault claims, saying he ‘supports’ people speaking out

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  • James Franco responds to sexual assault and harassment allegations, saying he doesn’t know “what Ally Sheedy is upset about” but that he “completely support[s] people coming out” and “is here to listen and learn.”
  • #MeToo becomes #WoYeShi as women in China speak out against sexual abuse.
  • Concordia’s President issues a statement on allegations of widespread sexual harassment in the university’s creative writing department. Writer Heather O’Neill, who attended Concordia in the late 1990s, was not impressed with the statement, telling The Globe and Mail, “They’re not responding out of their own moral compunction, but because it’s in the news cycle.”
  • After French actresses, novelists, journalists, and artists sign an op-ed, arguing that the Harvey Weinstein case has bred a “new puritanism,” but French feminists don’t agree.
  • A man in Jakarta faces up to 20 years in prison for assaulting his pregnant wife. He repeatedly kicked her in the stomach while repeatedly asking her if the baby was his or not.
  • A Calgary man has been taken into police custody for sexually assaulting a Dairy Queen employee while she was cleaning the washrooms.
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  • Omzig Online

    Awwww! Poor James Franco! He’s “just a model of how social media is tricky,” doncha know!

    Tricky, I tell ya! Sometimes his sexual advances toward children even get leaked online! Can’t a guy get a little privacy while trolling the internet for juveniles to violate?? Jeez!

    Hey James Franco, here’s a tip for the pros: this is not about your awkward dating life getting leaked to the paparazzi. This is about your illegal and abusive activity being exposed to the public. You may want to reflect on that for a while, before you suffer the same fate as Kevin Spacey. Remember when Spacey tried make his sexual assault of a teenage boy sound like a shy gay pride coming-out story? Didn’t work out so well for him, did it? You are not a victim of public nosiness. You are a fucking predator and a creep.

    Time’s up, asshole.

  • Georgia95Luciana Todesco

    James Franco, 39, ran an acting studio in New York (Studio4). It was shut down hastily when Weinstein happened. Word is that he and a fellow actor would ply the sometimes barely legal girls with drugs and alcohol, and then rape them. I could call it ‘have sex’ but plied with alcohol you can’t consent. These girls were promised acting jobs in Franco’s productions. The work continued only as long as the sex did. There was even a special room kept cleaned and in readiness. This happened for years and year.

    Franco has explained his modus operandi for getting young girls to sleep with him in his book, supposedly fictional. It’s quite vomitous: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/books-magazines/books/james-francos-book-contains-stories-about-picking-up-young-girls/news-story/3a5979bee27bc66d5198be475c304afc.

  • Tinfoil the Hat

    Just like the “real racists” are the ones who see and call out racist assholes being racist.

  • therealcie

    WTF, Catherine Deneuve?
    No, flirting with someone is not an assault. However, not taking “no” for an answer is.
    As for “chivalry,” offering to help someone is a kindness. However, insisting on doing something for someone who wants to do said thing for themselves is a dick move.