"James abused his power by exploiting the non-celebrity women that he worked with under the guise of giving them opportunities," Tither-Kaplan claimed.
Tither-Kaplan also explained that while she did have some positive experiences working with Franco, she sometimes felt uncomfortable doing nude scenes for a film project when she was a student in the master class that Franco taught in Los Angeles called Sex Scenes.
Paley also claimed that Franco forced her to perform a sex act when they were together.
"He kind of, like, pushed my head down and was like saying, 'Come on,'" Paley alleged. She said she continued to have a consensual relationship with Franco, adding, "I am regretful. I was young. He was a celebrity I looked up to."
The report came shortly after Franco was criticized for wearing a "Time's Up" pin while accepting the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy award for The Disaster Artist at the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards on Jan. 9. The pin was created as a symbol for the movement, which brings awareness to gender inequality and sexual harassment issues that have long plagued Hollywood.
Two days after the Globes, but before the Los Angeles Times report was published, Franco appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he addressed the backlash. “In my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being,” Franco told Colbert. “I do it whenever I know that there's something wrong or needs to be changed. I make it a point to do it.”
"The things that I heard 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," he continued. "So I don't want to shut them down in any way. I think it's a good thing and I support it."