Three universities where James Franco taught say there are no complaints on record against the star as five women accuse him of sexual misconduct and abuse

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Three universities where James Franco taught classes have said there are no complaints on file against the actor, producer and director.

New York University and the University of Southern California officials, as well as a source from UCLA told TMZ that there were no complaints filed against Franco.

Total - Women - Misconduct - Abuse - Power

A total of five women have now accused him of sexual misconduct or abuse of power, including four student-actors he worked with at Studio 4 and Playhouse West.

Franco has maintained the allegations are inaccurate.

Franco - Taught - NYU - USC - UCLA

Franco taught at NYU in 2011 and 2012, at USC in 2013 and 2015 and UCLA from 2012 to 2017.

UCLA would not officially comment, but TMZ reported that a source who would be familiar with any filed complaints if they existed, also said there none filed against Franco.

Lack - Complaints - File - Misconduct

It's important to note that the lack of existing complaints on file does not mean misconduct did not occur. It is inconclusive.

None of the three universities immediately responded to phone messages left by the Daily Mail seeking to confirm that no complaints had been filed.

Attorney - Michael - Plonsker - Franco - Allegations

Through his attorney, Michael Plonsker, Franco has denied allegations that emerged in more detail a Thursday article 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.

Woman - Franco - Mentor

The fifth woman said Franco was a mentor to her.

The accusations include Franco's alleged removal of plastic guards covering female actors' genitalia during simulated sex scenes and his becoming 'visibly angry' when females would not appear nude or topless.

Feel - Abuse - Power - Culture - Women

'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, one of Franco's former acting students included in...
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