James Franco’s creepy musings about luring ‘young girls’ for sex in a 2013 book have resurfaced.
Franco’s novel Actors Anonymous is a work of fiction, but contains passages narrated by an actor named ‘James Franco’ that are raising eyebrows after five women accused him of misconduct.
Through his attorney, the has denied the allegations that emerged in a Thursday exposé from the Los Angeles Times.
Four of the accusers are former acting students of 39-year-old Franco, and claim the Oscar nominee pressured women both on set and in class to perform topless or even completely nude.
‘Acting teachers are f**ked up,’ Franco wrote in his book’s preface, and so presumably in his own voice.
‘They are unlike any other teachers because they deal with their students’ emotions and bodies.’
Franco is seen signing copies of his book Actors Anonymous in 2013 in Los Angeles. Passages from the book about seducing and sleeping with ‘young girls’ have resurfaced
In one chapter narrated by the Franco character, he writes: ‘Lots of actors like to screw the extras. It’s pretty easy.’
‘You can usually score with your acting partner after the first make-out scene,’ he adds, noting that the technique works even if the woman is in a relationship.
‘I had something going on with most of my female costars and worked up a routine so that I could see someone every night,’ another passage reads.
Elsewhere in the book, the Franco character dishes on his strategies for luring ‘young girls’ from his fan base.
‘One of my favorite approaches was to ask the young girls that requested to take a photo with me to email me a copy of the photo; that way I can give them my info very quickly in front of a crowd of fans and later work out a way to see them,’ Franco writes.
‘Usually this happens at an event, which means I am usually away from home, so I have girls all over the world.’
In the novel, the Franco character describes one such encounter with an ‘okay-looking’ girl in Toronto while promoting his film 127 Hours.
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‘The Toronto girl, Barbara, eventually came to New York to visit her grandmother,’ Franco wrote.
‘In the intervening months she had sent me plenty of photos of her body and especially her a** bent over in a G-string, so when she arrived at my Lower East Side apartment, I was ready and she was ready,’ Franco wrote.
‘Not only did she allow me to do everything I wanted to her, she let me film it on my phone.’
The novel’s pickup strategy sounds similar to a real-life incident with a 17-year-old that Franco admitted to in 2014.
Lucy Clode, who was 17 at the time, had gone to see Franco on Broadway in Of Mice and Men, and posted a photo to Instagram of herself and the actor taken while he signed autographs that night.
Franco then reached out to Lucy and, after learning she was 17 which is the age of consent in New York, began to exchange a number of suggestive messages before asking her what hotel she was staying at in the city.
Franco’s persistence was later revealed when Clode posted the exchange on her account, forcing the actor to apologize for his pursuit of the teen.