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James Franco misses Critics' Choice Awards amid sexual misconduct claims

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Amid sexual misconduct allegations, and filmmaker chose to skip where he won the Best honour for his role in 'The Disaster Artist'.

The Times published a report on January 11 in which five women went on record accusing of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behaviour. Four of the accusers are Franco's former acting students.

"He's in a really bad place, so bad that he changed his phone number," a source close to the situation told

"His close friends are trying to be there for him but it's been hard - he's only talking to a select group of people. For now, he's just hiding out."

Allegations of sexual misconduct involving the 39-year-old emerged in force on on Sunday night during the Golden Globes, where won best actor, musical or comedy for his role as

During the ceremony, one tweeted that he had forced her to perform oral sex on her and asked a 17-year-old friend back to his hotel; a former student of Franco's also tweeted that he had asked her to do a nude scene for 100 dollars a day, which she called "exploitative."

The addressed the allegations when he made an appearance on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' on Wednesday.

"I was sent a couple of the tweets. So yeah, I did read them. I haven't responded," he said.

"The ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had. There are people, women and others, who have not been a part of this conversation. I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they need to be a part of this conversation. I support them.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 08:25 IST