Yahoo Entertainment recently obtained an excerpt from Busy Phillips’s upcoming memoir called “This Will Only Hurt A Little” where she allegedly claims that James Franco assaulted her while they were filming on the sets of Freaks and Geeks. Busy Phillips later went on Ellen and shared another vulnerable moment with the host.
Busy Phillips went on to explain that while they were filming her character was required to hit her co-star, James Franco gently on the chest. Apparently, James Franco was unaware of this requirement in the script and immediately broke character to yell at her.
Busy Phillips states that, “He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!…..And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.”
Busy Phillips also claimed that James Franco was a “fucking bully” throughout the Freaks and Geeks experience.
Busy Phillips recalls crying in front of her fellow co-star Linda Cardellini after the assault happened.
Cardellini advised her to report the assault to her manager, which Busy Phillips didn’t do since James Franco had already apologized to her after being forced by the director and producers of the show.
However, Busy Phillips noted that James Franco wasn’t formally reprimanded for his behavior and went on to work without facing any consequences.
Many women came out earlier this year accusing James Franco of multiple instances of sexual misconduct, assault and other inappropriate behavior.
James Franco has stated that these allegations are “not accurate”, although he will not “actively refute” them so their voices can be heard.
Busy Phillips Shares A Vulnerable Moment On Ellen
This revelation by Busy Phillips comes after she revealed in an Instagram post (and later on Ellen), that she was raped when she was 14 years old. Opening up to Ellen Degeneres last week, she explained that she was “moved by [Dr. Ford’s] bravery”, and wanted to share her experience publicly.
Busy Phillips went on to say, “And I feel like it’s, politically whatever you believe, I feel like it’s a real moment of reckoning for women that we have, sort of collectively, carried this burden for so long and it’s time to share it and let it out. It was hard. And really scary”.
“This is me at 14. The age I was raped,” Busy Philipps originally wrote in her Instagram post. “It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.”
Ellen also went on to reveal that she, too, is a survivor, telling Busy Philipps, “I was 15 and I had something happen to me. When I watched Dr. Ford, anyone who’s had something happen to them, you just get so angry when someone doesn’t believe you or says, ‘Why did you wait so long?’ It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it.”
Busy Phillips also wrote about her rape in her upcoming book, This Will Only Hurt A Little. She didn’t want to include it in the book because of fear of how it would be received but she took a leap of faith and decided to publish it. We are more than proud of her for doing so!
Dr. Ford’s Testimony Helping Women Speak Their Truth
After Dr Ford told the Washington Post that she had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh when they were in high school she began receiving numerous death threats but also immense support.
“Thousands of people who have had their lives dramatically altered by sexual violence have reached out to share their own experiences with me and have thanked me for coming forward,” she testified.
Thanks to her testimony and the subsequent rise of the #MeToo movement, women who have been previously assaulted in the past can now come forward and bravely speak their truth, face their oppressors and ask for justice to be served.