James Franco accuser calls actor 'exploitative' but 'not a Harvey Weinstein' in first TV interview

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  • Two women who accused actor James Franco of sexually “exploitative” behaviour made their first televised interview with “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
  • Sarah Tither-Kaplan said in the interview that Franco “created exploitative environments” in his classes at a film school she attended, but is “absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.”
  • Violet Paley, who had been in a consensual relationship with Franco, said she was “regretful” of continuing her relationship with the actor after an alleged instance of sexual misconduct.
  • Franco has said the allegations are “not accurate.”

Two of the women who accused James Franco of sexually “exploitative” behaviour in a Los Angeles Times story earlier this month made their first televised appearance on Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who has accused Franco of engaging in inappropriate behaviour while teaching acting classes at the film school he founded, told ABC’s Amy Robach that Franco “created exploitative environments” but is “absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.”

Sarah tither-kaplan francoABC NewsSarah Tither-Kaplan on ‘GMA.’

“He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality,” Tither-Kaplan said when asked where Franco falls on the spectrum of behaviour in Hollywood. “He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets, [but] I also think James is a talented and valuable person.”

“It’s a pyramid, and at the top is rape and sexual violence, and at the bottom are the other abuses of power that, when they continue to happen over and over, build and build and build and create a culture that allows the most heinous examples of sexual violence and misogyny and discrimination to happen,” Tither-Kaplan continued. “And so if we allow any of them, we’re allowing all of them.”

Violet Paley, who said she had been in a consensual relationship with Franco, also alleged that the actor pressured her into a sexual act she was unwilling to engage in.

Paley told Robach she was “regretful” of continuing a consensual relationship with Franco after the alleged incident.

Franco said the allegations were “not accurate” in an interview with Stephen Colbert earlier this month.

Watch the “GMA” interview below:

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