Sharon Stone Has Defended James Franco Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The actress said some dubious statements about Franco

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In a new interview, Sharon Stone has commented about her former co-star and apparent friend James Franco.

On a recent episode of WTF Podcast with Marc Maron the actress spoke about the allegations against Franco.

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These included an ex-student of Franco's saying he removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses' vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.

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And an accusation from Violet Paley, who told the that the actor pressured her into performing oral sex on him in a car.

'I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out,' Paley told the newspaper. 'I got really nervous, and I said, 'Can we do this later?' He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it.'

Franco's attorney Michael Plonsker denied all allegations and called them 'not accurate', as did Franco on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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In the podcast Stone was asked about her time working with the Oscar-winning actor on The Disaster Artist and whether she had fun with him.

She said, 'I did, and I'm appalled by this thing about him that's happening where the girlfriend—I don't know how the girlfriend can say that she's offended that he asked for a blow job while they're dating and now, all of a sudden, he's a bad guy.'

Stone continued, 'I gotta tell you: I worked with him. I know him. He's the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, elegant, nicest man—most kind friend, lovely professional,' she said. 'I'm absolutely appalled by this.'

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Stone carried on explaining her support of the #MeToo movement, reiterating as she has before, that she has been a victim of sexual misconduct.

She called abusive behaviour, 'absolutely hideous and appalling' and applauded recent moves for women to speak out and be believe, 'brilliant.' But the actress reiterated that she thinks that we should not conflate 'stupid and awkward behaviour' with harassment.

Her comments have not gone down too well, with many on Twitter pointing out that someone's personal relationship with you does not necessarily replace their relationship with others. And that Stone, as an advocate go the #MeToo movement, should not speak to discredit women's allegations, as this helps contribute to the culture of silence that has been prevalent for too long.

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