Husband And Wife Bijou Phillips And Danny Masterson Have Both Been Accused Of Horrific Abuse

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'Mean Girls' actor Daniel Franzese claims Phillips harassed & assaulted him on a movie set.

According to Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese, actress Bijou Phillips harassed and physically assaulted him while filming the movie Bully in 2001. 

The 39-year-old actor wrote a lengthy post on Facebook detailing the "homophobia, body shaming and physical abuse" he suffered at the hands of the actress that gave him post-traumatic stress disorder, leading him to "stay closeted for a long time."

"On my first film BULLY I was harassed by Bijou Phillips the entire shoot," he wrote. "She body shamed and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me. It started with a lot of eye rolling whenever we spoke but escalated when we did a cast shoot for the poster. As we were shooting, she kept loudly saying 'Are you gay?!' and laughing while the producers did nothing to stop her." 

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Franzese said he reluctantly told Phillips he was bi — he hadn't yet identified as gay — and said the actress cackled and said "HA! He's bi!" She also constantly referred to him as the "Bi guy."

In an "extremely vulnerable moment" Franzese had to take his shirt off for a scene. According to him, Phillips pointed to his body and yelled: "Ewwww gross!!" Though they cut the scene so Franzese could collect himself, when they continued shooting, Phillips continued to make faces.

According to Franzese, Phillips' boyfriend at the time convinced him to let her apologize. The actress called him to her makeup trailer, but when he arrived, he found her in what appeared to be in a sex act with her boyfriend. 

The abuse became violent when on one occasion, she pulled Franzese aside in what appeared to be an apology attempt, but instead "grabbed his nipple and twisted it hard through his shirt." She then laughed and walked away. 

"When we shot one of our last scenes in a courtroom, she was walking around barefoot and the bottom of her feet were black with dirt," he wrote. "She was sitting behind me and kept rubbing her dirty feet on my neck. I kept swiveling the chair to move away from her and she kicked me as hard as she could in the back of the head." 

Franzese also said Phillips burned the movie's costume designer with a cigarette and threw eggs at their trailer. 

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In a statement to TMZ, Phillips addressed Franzese's claims and apologized for her behavior.

"I want to write to address what Daniel has said," she said. "I don't remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad."

"I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel."

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The claims come just days after Phillips' husband, That 70s Show star Danny Masterson, had rape allegations resurface. The actor was accused of raping four women in the early 2000s. 

He denies all the allegations and is a part of the Church of Scientology, who has a history of covering up allegations of misconduct of its members. Though the Los Angeles Police Department said they have "overwhelming" evidence against Masterson, the charges have not been approved for filing. 

That evidence includes audiotapes, emails sent to and from the Scientology officers when the alleged rapes happened, forensic computer evident and a threatening handwritten letter Materson allegedly sent to one of the victims. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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