Being accused of abusive behavior has been ‘very hard’ on James Franco

Milan photocall for 'The Post'

I still believe James Franco is calling up media outlets to tell them sob stories about how he’s in such a difficult and terrible frame of mind. His reaction to being called out for his abusive, predatory and creepy behavior has been to basically whine about how he’s terribly misunderstood. Because no one “gets” that he’s an artist. No one understands his art. He’s not exploiting young women, he’s doing an artistic commentary on the exploitation of women. It’s META, you just don’t understand. That’s what it feels like, right? Anyway, we’ve already heard that Franco was reaching out to ex-girlfriends to make sure they wouldn’t tell all about his abusive behavior. He was also telling people that he was “relieved” to not receive an Oscar nomination. This, too, is performance art. And there’s more.

James Franco continues to struggle after several women accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior. Sources tell PEOPLE that the actor, who was just snubbed by the Academy Awards for his role in The Disaster Artist, isn’t doing well in the aftermath of the allegations.

“His team wants him to continue making public appearances. He thinks he can save his image,” one of the sources says. “He looks like he hasn’t slept for days. He’s just a mess.” Echoes a second source, “This whole process has been very hard on him. He’s been shaken up.”

However on Tuesday, Franco was spotted out grabbing lunch with friend Jeff Garlin in Los Angeles. The actor kept his head down as he left celebrity hotspot Jones on Third just hours after the Oscar nominations were announced.

[From People]

It’s one of the dumbest strategies in the world for an alleged predator/abuser to assume a stance of victimhood. I mean, I guess it works in some cases, because there are still so many men and women who will automatically give someone like Franco the benefit of the doubt. He’s a good-looking white man, so he can’t be ALL bad, right? So they think “poor James, it must be so rough on him to be accused of abusing and exploiting multiple women.” And they don’t even bother wondering how the women feel, I guess.

Us Weekly had another one of these stories too, because I guess France’s publicist is a busy little bee. Apparently, Franco is “paranoid” and he’s changed his phone number and he’s “only talking to a very few select people now.” Us Weekly also claims that Franco knew the stories were about to break pre-Globes, but he still attended anyway and he wore the Time’s Up button for some reason. A source claims: “He tried calling multiple women [before the news broke] to try apologizing and to try to get them to stop talking.” I hope all of those women start talking.

Milan photocall for 'The Post'

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  1. Renee says:

    1) Say it with me now: “Quick!! Somebody call the wahbulance!!!”

    2) Whenever I read that someone called the press I imagine them dialing a number on a black rotary phone from the early 80s.

  2. Nicole says:

    *plays tiny violin*

    • MamaHoneyBadger says:

      Exactly. Notorious creep expects sympathy for accusations of being a notorious creep. GFY, Franco.

  3. Bridget says:

    In one of his statements, he said that we need to do our “due diligence”. You know, like the professor who gave him a D on a course and was fired because he was supposed to let him skate through for good press.

    • Pandy says:

      Yea, my due diligence on Franco is him hustling a 17 year old to meet up … if he thinks that is acceptable, you just know there’s worse behavior waiting to see the light of day.

  4. Lady D says:

    Awww, poor widdle muffin gots his feelings hurt. I wonder how he feels about doing time?

  5. Ytbtet says:

    I found his story particularly gross… it’s not like aziz

    He continually targets young woman and uses his power of a star to do so I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a problem

  6. BearcatLawyer says:

    Much worse for his victims, many of whom will not get awards, acclaim, and millions of dollars like he has.

  7. Jess says:

    Oh no! Poor James, it must be such a hard time for him right now, whatever will he do.

    Fkng ridiculous. Stfu.

  8. Deanne says:

    Wah, cry me a river. Does he seriously think that he can make people feel sorry for him? What an ass.

  9. Hyacinth says:

    LOL. I’m sure the women he worked with are not having a difficult time at all!

    I just hope the supposedly worse stuff he did comes to light.

    • Ksenia says:

      I hope no more accusations against him do not come out, not for his sake at all but b/c I hope there are not still more of his victims out there.

  10. Hyacinth says:

    I also wanted to add, if he had sincerely apologized to these women, given them more money for the work they already did, and offered them speaking roles in a future movie of his, he probably wouldn’t be in this position. But James had too much pride to work with women who are beneath him, no way would he give them a career that could empower them- that was never his intention.

  11. Lucy says:

    Good. We want it to be hard on him.

  12. Jayna says:

    Of course it is. That’s the point. All of the men feel like victims now, all poor me. See how it feels, James?

  13. stinky says:

    darn. no more orgy-flicks from James then?

  14. Tania says:

    To complete the cycle of victimhood, he will write, direct, produce and star in a movie about his experience.

  15. Girl_ninja says:

    He is straight scummy trash. He’s an exploitative, abusive opportunist whois finally getting his come uppings. Lord knows how many women he has hurt.

  16. Regina Falangie says:

    Nope. He’s gross.

  17. Mary Sia says:

    What is funny for me is that he brought it on himself. If he didnt want to be so ‘awoke’ and put the badge noone would call him out and maybe he would get a few months to a year of time for damage control and maybe even he would get his oscar nom/oscar?

  18. Chelly says:

    This all an act. A sham & no ones buying it Franco. Everyone saw the sleeze in you.

    Hollyweirds Greatest Escape:
    “I’m a sex addictive & Im seeking help for it” in 3…….2…….

  19. RedOnTheHead says:

    I know there are some lawyers on this site and I’m wondering if one of you can answer something that’s been bugging me since this whole mess blew up. Why is there a statute of limitations on rape and assault? And would it be worthwhile to start lobbying our representatives to change the law? Something like extending the limitation to say 20 years or doing away with all together?

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m not a lawyer, but I would guess because for most of history, men and men alone have made the laws.

    • Applecore says:

      I wish I could remember which documentary I saw this on, possibly The Keepers, but it went into how much the Catholic Church lobbies against changing statue of limitations laws for obvious reasons.

  20. JeanGenie says:

    How has Jared Leto prevented someone from gathering all the accusations against him, then printing them? He’s been accused of worse things than Franco. You’d think that some of those women would be coming forward (again) in the current climate.

  21. Izzy says:

    Poor baby. Cry me a frickin’ river.

    Also, I can’t be the only one who laughed out loud when they read that he’s “keeping a low profile” by going to a celebrity hot spot for lunch.

  22. WendyNerd says:

    Could he cry his tears STRAIGHT into my martini glass, or is that too much to ask?

  23. GigiC says:

    This mf’r is a straight up clown for thinking he should get a pass for his atrocious behavior. Like it’s all just simply bad publicity that he must weather as a misunderstood artiste, woe is James Franco, etc. I rolled my eyes so hard I think I sprained them.

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  25. lucy2 says:

    Aw, poor James. You know what else is hard on people? Being abused, being harassed, and being pressured by or taken advantage of by people in a position of power. Even worse, then watching said person pretend to be an ally.

    The best thing he could do for his image is to say “You know what? I behaved horribly, and I’m truly sorry. I’m going to try to listen and be a better person, and I will never again behave this way.” But that would take admitting wrong doing, and his ego won’t allow it.

  26. Eileen says:

    Cry me a damn river! What’s so painful about these accusations is they’re ringing true! Own your guilt and beg for forgiveness,step back from the camera and go get some psychotherapy and counseling then come back,fool

  27. Rubber Ducky says:

    You think squinty doucheface with the acting range of a plank is good looking?