When James Franco denied sexual misconduct allegations in an interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, Violet Paley started crying.
“I was just like: ‘Well, now no one is going to believe me,’” she told TIME on Thursday.
Paley, 23, first spoke out about her experience with Franco on Twitter after she saw footage of him wearing a “Time’s Up” pin as he accepted the Golden Globe for Best Actor — Musical or Comedy on Sunday night.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
Paley was among five women to accuse The Disaster Artist star of sexually inappropriate behavior in a Los Angeles Times report published Thursday. Franco’s attorney denied all allegations against him to the Times. His attorney and spokesperson did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment.
Paley told TIME that she met Franco through a mutual friend in 2016 and that he took an interest in her writing. She said he was initially a “good friend and mentor,” then the relationship became “romantic.” In April of that year, Paley visited Franco on a student film set of an adaptation of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Paley’s favorite short story. Paley said she thought the two would hang out on set, but instead Franco came out to her car and asked her to drive to a different location. Once they parked, Paley said Franco pressured her to perform oral sex on him.
“I felt really off about it, and I got really upset… I just thought I was being dramatic,” she said. “I knew I felt weird about it.”
Franco’s attorney told the Times that Paley’s allegations were “not accurate.”
Franco and Paley’s relationship continued after the alleged incident, but they stopped seeing each other a…