After unsurprisingly being snubbed from the Oscars, it was just revealed James Franco was digitally erased from Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue. The Disaster Artist actor was accused of sexual misconduct by several women following his Golden Globes win earlier this month, prompting his removal from the magazine's cover.
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,” a Vanity Fair spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. This could explain why the magazine's editor-in-chief Graydon Carter is on the cover, alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon (and her three legs), and Tom Hanks.
Five women have come forward and accused James of sexual misconduct, telling the Los Angeles Times that James, 39, took advantage of aspiring actresses he was mentoring. Another actress, Violet Paley, who confirmed she was in a consensual relationship with the actor, also claimed she was pressured into having oral sex with James, and that he once asked her 17-year-old friend to meet him at a hotel.
“I got it in my head pretty quickly that, OK, you don’t say ‘no’ to this guy,” Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who took classes at Studio 4, explained. “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women and a culture of women being replaceable." Breakfast Club alum Ally Sheedy also tweeted her disgust for the director during the Globes, cryptically writing, "Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya."
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17-year-old?— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
James spoke out against the allegation during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. "There are people that need to be heard,” he said. “I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say, just because I believe in it that much. So if I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try and actively refute things, then I will because I believe in it that much.” His attorney has also denied the allegations.