- Busy Philipps claimed that her “Freaks and Geeks” co-star James Franco assaulted her in an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, “This Will Only Hurt a Little.”
- She said Franco threw her on the ground and told her to never touch him again while filming a scene for the show.
- Philipps also said Franco was a “f-ing bully” during their time on “Freaks and Geeks.”
- The actress first mentioned the incident in 2011.
Busy Philipps claims that her “Freaks and Geeks” co-star James Franco assaulted her while they were filming a scene for the series, according to an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, “This Will Only Hurt a Little.”
In the excerpt obtained by Radar Online and verified by Yahoo, Philipps claimed Franco yelled at her after breaking character in a scene that required her character to gently hit him on the chest as they exchanged dialogue.
“He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!'” she wrote. “And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.”
Philipps also said that Franco was a “f—ing bully” during their time on “Freaks and Geeks,” which aired 18 episodes between 1999 and 2000.
After the incident where Philipps said Franco hit her, she cried in front of her co-star Linda Cardellini, who advised her to call her manager.
Franco apologised the next day, according to the book, after being ordered to do so by the director and producers.
Philipps said Franco was never punished for his behaviour and continued to work without consequence.
This isn’t the first time Philipps has discussed the alleged assault – she brought it up in a panel interview with “Freaks and Geeks” cast members in 2011.
He said the claims are “not accurate,” but told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers that he would not “actively refute” the claims so his voice doesn’t overpower the women’s claims.
A representative for Franco didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.
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