Actor Charlyne Yi has made some eye-opening allegations against her already disgraced co-star and director, James Franco.
Here’s the full story…
Now, the damning allegations against Franco first came to light back in 2014.
The actor, who was thirty-five at the time, reportedly messaged a seventeen-year-old girl, asking if she was single and if he could rent a hotel room for them while in New York City.
He later addressed it on Live with Kelly and Michael, and called his actions “bad judgment.”
“I guess I’m, you know, embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky,” he said at the time. “In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world.”
But, when he wore a “Time’s Up” badge at the 2018 Golden Globes, he faced an overwhelming wave of backlash from fans and celebrities alike.
Many found Franco’s association with the charity, which raises money to support victims of harassment, a little hypocritical considering his murky past with misconduct.
Actor Sarah Tither-Kaplan was one of the first to tweet after Franco’s Golden Globes success.
Actor Violet Paley seconded this rhetoric.
After more allegations continued to emerge, Franco finally sat down to discuss what had been accused.
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the allegations, he said:
“Look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it.”
He then labeled the tweets as “not accurate,” before stressing that he does still support women coming forward.
“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long,” he said. “So I don’t want to, you know, shut them down in any way. It’s, I think, a good thing and I support it.”
He also addressed the “Time’s Up” pin incident.
“There were incredible voices, and I support it. I support change. I support 50/50 and 20/20 which just means, you know, people that are underrepresented, women, and people of color, people in the LGBT community get, you know, positions—leadership positions that they fill all positions that they have been deprived of, I completely believe in that.”
However, despite his best efforts to salvage the little reputation he had left, allegations against Franco continued to emerge.
The morning after Franco sat down for an interview with Seth Meyers, where he once again denied any wrongdoing, the Los Angeles Times published accusations made against him by 5 women, including Sarah Tither-Kaplan.
4 of the women were Franco’s former acting students at a film school he founded, while the 5th woman said he was her mentor.
Tither-Kaplan alleged that, while filming a nude orgy scene with the actor and several other women, Franco “removed a clear plastic guard that covered their genitals and continued to simulate the scene with no protection,” the L.A. Times reported.
Of course, Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed all of the allegations made.
But now, there has been a fresh allegation of abuse against Franco…
And this time, it has also dragged the name and reputation of his long-time friend, actor Seth Rogan, through the mud.
Charlyne Yi, who worked with both Franco and Rogen on the 2017 Oscar-nominated movie, The Disaster Artist, which Franco also directed, has spoken out about her experience working with the pair…
Wherein she branded Franco a “predator” and Rogen an “enabler” in an explosive Instagram post.
People have had a lot to say about her claims…
Taking to Instagram on April 8th to share a lengthy post on the matter, she wrote:
“When I tried to break legal contract & quit Disaster Artist because James Franco is a sexual predator, they tried to bribe me with a bigger acting role.”
“I cried and told them that that was the exact opposite of what I wanted, that I didn’t feel safe working with a f**king s**ual predator.”
“They minimized and said Franco being a predator was so last year and that he changed… When I literally heard of him abusing new women that week.”
She went on to say that “predators will perform empathy, gaslight, and say they will do better – all in order to protect themselves and continue to harm others.”
“White men saying it’s not their responsibility when holding Franco accountable, or when holding Seth Rogen and enablers accountable. Then whose responsibility is it? The women and children who have PTSD from Franco? Or the future targets of abuse?”
Here’s her post in full.
Her caption read:
“Seth Rogen was one of the producers on this film so he definitely knows about the bribe and why I quit. Seth also did a sketch on SNL with Franco enabling Franco preying on children. Right after Franco was caught. Franco has a long history of preying on children. This is on top of all the corrupt laws that protect predators made by violent white men.”
Both James Franco and Seth Rogen are yet to comment on her allegations.