After Franco was seen at the Golden Globes wearing a "Time's Up" pin in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and assault, actresses Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan came forward to identify Franco himself as an alleged perpetrator.
Franco has been accused by five different women of acting inappropriately or sexually exploitative, and the actor is now reported to be in "hiding".
Franco eventually admitted to trying to meet up with the teenager, during an interview on Live with Kelly and Michael.
JAMES FRANCO has been accused by five women of further inappropriate sexual behaviour - four of them ex-students at his NY drama school. Some of the women claimed the star exploited them while they were members of his Studio 4 acting class, which he taught in both NY and Los Angeles up until recently.
Franco denied wrongdoing in a Tuesday night appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". "I think it's a good thing and I support it", he added. "It's a way people meet each other today, but what I've learned is you don't know who's on the other end". "There are people and women and others that have not been a part of this conversation, and I truly believe - and why I was wearing the pin - is that they need to be a part of this conversation". But in each case, she said he removed a clear plastic guard that covered their vaginas - and continued to simulate the sex act with no protection.
"I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done".
A former mentee, Violet Paley, also shared her story with the publication, and claimed that Franco had once pressured her to perform sexual acts on him while in his auto.
"First of all I want to say, I wore [the Time's Up pin] because I do support it", Franco said. On Wednesday night's Late Night With Seth Meyers, Franco, 39, said tweets by Paley and Tither-Kaplan were "not accurate" but supported them for speaking out. She also wrote, "Why is a man hosting?"
"I had a great relationship with her", Franco told Meyers of his stance on the matter and why he hasn't reached out. "I guess I'm just letting it be".
After meeting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, two former student actresses said he became hostile and stormed off when they did not volunteer to remove their clothes during a scene at a strip club, the paper said.