Franco re­port­edly ‘hid­ing out’ af­ter be­ing ac­cused of sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour

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James Franco is be­ing ac­cused by five women of be­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate or sex­u­ally ex­ploita­tive — and he’s re­port­edly “hid­ing” from the fall­out.

The ac­tor skipped the Crit­ics’ Choice Awards on Thurs­day — where he won the award for Best Ac­tor in “The Disas­ter Artist.” The cer­e­mony took place just hours af­ter the L.A. Times pub­lished the sto­ries of the five women.

“He’s in a re­ally bad place, so bad that he changed his phone num­ber,” a source close to the sit­u­a­tion told Peo­ple. “His close friends are try­ing to be there for him but it’s been hard — he’s only talk­ing to a se­lect group of peo­ple. For now, he’s just hid­ing out.”

Five women told the Times that Franco, 39, abused his power as an act­ing teacher at Stu­dio 4 in New York and Los An­ge­les.

Two of the women, Sarah Tither-Ka­plan and Vi­o­let Pa­ley, had im­me­di­ately tweeted about the ac­tor’s “Time’s Up” pin and de­scribed how he had treated them in the past.

Pa­ley claimed af­ter be­gin­ning a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with the Golden Globe win­ner, he pres­sured her into per­form­ing oral sex on him while they were sit­ting in a car.

The 23-year-old is now fac­ing back­lash for an old tweet she wrote that read: “I like plan­ning ways to ruin some­one’s life the mo­ment I meet them.”

She wrote the line back in Septem­ber of 2017 and is now de­fend­ing her­self against Twit­ter trolls, who are ques­tion­ing her in­ten­tions in shar­ing her story about Franco.

Franco’s at­tor­ney Michael Plonsker told the L.A. Times that Pa­ley’s rec­ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent is “not ac­cu­rate,” but did not elab­o­rate fur­ther. Plonsker di­rected the Times to the “Pineap­ple Ex­press” star’s com­ments on “The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert” where he stood by his choice to wear the pin.

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