The Creepy Passage In James Franco's Book That Resurfaced After Allegations Against Him For Sexual Misconduct

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In his novel, he described his method for picking up young girls.

Amid the allegations of sexual misbehavior against James Franco, a passage from his novel has resurfaced where the actor describes his methods for picking up "young girls." 

The 2013 novel Actors Anonymous is a collection of confessions from anonymous actors, including Franco himself. In the memoir, the Golden Globes winner details just how he approaches and gets close to young, female fans. And honestly, it's creepy. 

“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.”

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He went on to write that while he was in Toronto screening the film 127 Hours he was asked to take a photo by an "okay-looking girl." She emailed him, but he said it was too late to meet up with her because he had already spent the night with a Princeton student who was volunteering at the festival. 

“In the intervening months she had sent me plenty of photos of her body and especially her ass 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 actor also revealed how he saw acting teachers. He described his view as "f--ked up," which is incredibly telling seeing as how some of his accusers attended his acting school. Some of the incidents he's being accused of allegedly happened while Franco was "teaching." 

“They are unlike any other teachers because they deal with their students’ emotions and bodies," he wrote. "They get inside their students’ heads. Even if they have the best intentions, they can’t help from becoming gurus and therapists for their students, because they deal on such intimate terms."

"When you have a bunch of students looking up to you because you have liberated their emotions, it’s hard not to play the role of mentor/lover/father/mother.”

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On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times released a report in which five women accused Franco of sexual misconduct. Four of those women were his students at his Studio 4 film school. 

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, 26, claimed that while they were filming an orgy scene, Franco removed the protective plastic guards that covered the actress' vaginas. She said he also simulated oral sex on the women, which another actress confirmed. 

“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,” said Sarah Tither-Kaplan.

Two other women told the Times that Franco go angry at actresses who refused to go topless for scenes. 

Franco's attorney said the claims about the protective guards are inaccurate. Tither-Kaplan said Franco apologized to her in 2017 after the Harvey Weinstein allegations came out. 

“I want to give him credit for at least being open to communicating with me,” she said. “I felt that he was still not really taking accountability for the environment on the sets.”

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