David Simon on James Franco: No Complaints About His Behavior on 'The Deuce'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - As James Franco faces allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior from multiple women, "The Deuce" co-creator and executive producer David Simon and HBO say they are unaware of any complaints about the actor-director's conduct on the period drama.
"I'm still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn't there," Simon told Variety in a statement.
"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."
Five women have come forward to the Los Angeles Times with allegations that Franco engaged in inappropriate or exploitive behavior, some of which came through the acting classes that he ran until recently in New York and and Los Angeles.
"Deuce," set in 1970s New York during the birth of the modern porn industry, premiered last year and has been renewed for a second season. Filming on Season 2 has yet to begin.
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