Busy Philipps has published a new book, This Will Only Hurt a Little, in which she claims that actor James Franco physically assaulted her during the shooting of their movie “Freaks and Geeks.”
According to E! News, the actress briefly talked about the alleged incident in 2011 and now has delved deeply into it, giving more details about their up-and-down relationship.
Philipps played Kim Kelly, the girlfriend of Daniel Desario (played by Franco), and she refers to Franco in her memoir as “a f–king bully” on the set of Freaks and Geeks.
“It felt like over the summer he had read Easy Riders, Raging Bull or something and had decided that the only way to be taken seriously was to be a f–king prick,” she wrote, adding, that there was a time Franco “threw” her on the ground. And that during one day of filming, Franco apparently “kept taking” her lines, prompting a fight between them.
“It’s not like I had that many on the show,” she writes. “I wanted my f–king line.”
Next, she said they filmed a scene where she, Franco and Seth Rogen (who played Ken Miller) had to run after a car from a rival school that had been throwing water balloons at them. What preceded him throwing her on the ground was another physical move apparently instigated by the director. She describes the scene: “The director asked me to sort of hit James in the chest as we ran after the car and say my line.”
“Immediately, I could feel the wet hot stinging of tears, but I tried like hell to suck them back in,” she said, noting that he wasn’t punished more for pushing her. “That’s how a boys’ club works.”
Philipps, however, adds Franco apologized the next day on set for what occurred. “He smiled and hugged me. And I don’t need to tell you this, but James is a f–king movie star. He was horrible to me, yes, but he’s also gorgeous and charming as hell. That’s where the manipulation lives.”
She further claims that Franco didn’t think she was a good actor, which caused her to be “insecure.” “He treated me as if I were inconsequential, barely there.”
The actor had yet to react to the accusation as at press time.