Busy Philipps Says James Franco Assaulted Her In Her New Memoir

Busy Philipps has a brand new tell-all memoir coming out soon. Her book, This Will Only Hurt A Little, isn’t out just yet, but a passage from the book has been revealed the public.


Radar reported that Philipps writes that she was misused by men in Hollywood over her 20-year career.

In her book, she named names of the men who have mistreated her in Hollywood, specifically James Franco. The two actors both worked on Freaks and Geeks in 1999. The sitcom was only on air for one season but has amassed a cult following.

Philipps reveals that Franco was a bully on set and was specifically mean to her. She wrote that while filming a scene for the show she was directed to lightly hit Franco in the chest while delivery her line.

She alleges that Franco broke character and shoved her to the ground. The passage reads:

“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.”

After Franco shoved Philipps to the ground he stormed off. The crew helped her up and she went and cried to get co-star Linda Cardellini. Cardellini told her to tell her manager of what happened.


The next day Franco apologized to Philipps for his behavior but was never punished.

This isn’t the first time Philipps has mentioned the attack. In 2016 she went on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live and was asked who was the most difficult co-star she’s ever had. She said Franco was the most difficult of the bunch.

“Well, at the time, but we’ve since made amends, James Franco and I really didn’t get along,” she said. “When we were 19, we were on Freaks and Geeks and we really really disliked each other. it’s well documents. He, like, shoved me to the ground once. It was really brutal But we’re friends now and we really like each other now as adults.”

Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women but still maintains his innocence. Recently Philipps celebrated Freaks and Geeks 19th anniversary on her Instagram. She shared a bunch of snapshots of the cast behind the scenes, none of which included Franco.

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