HBO and David Simon Respond to James Franco Misconduct Allegations
As allegations of sexual harassment continue to mount against James Franco, questions naturally turn to the actor’s ongoing projects. HBO’s The Deuce in particular was renewed for Season 2 after critical acclaim, and both the network and creator David Simon now weigh in on the ongoing allegations against Franco.
Pressure has started to mount now that five women have come forward against Franco; spurred by The Disaster Artist star’s appropriation of the “Time’s Up” movement at this week’s Golden Globes. Both former acting students of Franco’s since-closed school and actresses in prior projects allege a history of unwanted advances and pressure to perform nude scenes. For the moment, HBO has only responded (via Deadline) that “We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on The Deuce production,” while creator David Simon offered a longer statement to Variety:
I’m still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn’t there. Personally I can only speak knowledgeably to ‘The Deuce.’ I’ve checked with all my fellow producers and other personnel. We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco. Nor has HBO been approached with any complaint. In our experience, he was entirely professional as an actor, director, and producer.
The series features Franco in a dual role, and notably makes use of ample male and female nudity in its exploration of New York’s 1970s porn industry. HBO was quick to sever ties with comedian Louis C.K. after word broke of his sexual misdeeds, but it remains to be seen if The Deuce Season 2 will be affected in any way.
Stay tuned for additional updates in the meantime.
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