James Franco Snubbed by Oscars in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Despite being an awards season frontrunner, James Franco failed to net a best actor Oscar nomination for The Disaster Artist, after winning a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award for his performance. Tuesday’s snub arrives after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.

The film was however nominated for the best adapted screenplay Oscar.

In an article published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 11, five women accused the actor of abusing his power as an acting teacher and mentor in a sexually exploitative manner. In it, two students claimed the actor would often become angry on set when they would refuse to film topless, while another former acting student at the film school Franco founded said he once removed safety guards while filming an oral sex scene on the set of the 2015 film The Long Home.

Additionally, actress Violet Paley recounted her previous social media claims that Franco exposed himself and tried to pressure her into oral sex. Though she said they had a consensual relationship, Paley said: “that time wasn’t consensual.” She also alleged that he told her friend to meet him in a hotel when the friend was 17.

Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, denied each of the women’s allegations, and cited Franco’s comments on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday as his formal denial.

“James has been reaching out to former girlfriends for the past month asking about his behavior,” a source told PEOPLE. “He’s known this was coming and was trying to get ahead of the story.”

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