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Sharon Stone defends James Franco, calls allegations 'appalling'

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Hollywood star has defended calling the allegations against him "appalling".

Stone, who played a small role in Franco's "The Disaster Artist", said while she applauds #MeToo efforts to dismantle Hollywood's longstanding culture of protecting powerful, predatory men, she also denounces what she sees as the unjust persecution of some male celebrities without "due process".

"I'm appalled with what's happening with him," Stone, 59, said in an interview with on "WTF" podcast.

"He's the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, most elegant, nicest..." she added.

After Franco won a for best in January, while wearing a Time's Up pin at the awards ceremony, he was accused by at least five women of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Four of the accusers who shared their allegations with the were Franco's former film school students, while a fifth said Franco was her mentor.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:15 IST