James Franco was digitally removed from the latest star-studded cover of Vanity Fair, it has been confirmed.
The ‘Disaster Artist’ actor was due to appear on the magazine’s annual Hollywood cover – alongside a star-studded line up that includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks and Robert DeNiro.
“We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him”, Vanity Fair confirmed in a statement.
Franco has faced a slew of sexual misconduct allegations from women who have come forward to detail their experiences in the wake of his recent awards successes.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student at the film school Franco founded, claimed that during a nude orgy scene she filmed with Franco and several other women three years ago, the star “removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them”.
Gal Gadot, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Jessica Chastain, Graydon Carter, Claire Foy, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya and Michael Shannon by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, 2018. pic.twitter.com/8ArPbfadlC
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Two other former acting students of Franco’s, Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel claim that the actor became “visibly angry” when they refused to go topless during a shoot for a jeans advert.
Franco subsequently responded during an appearance on the Stephen Colbert show, describing the allegations as “not accurate”.
“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So, I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing and I support it”, he said.