Plans are moving forward for James Franco, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, to remain with the HBO series “The Deuce” as it readies to begin filming its second season in a few weeks, Variety reports.
Franco, who is both the star and an executive producer on the drama series, was accused of inappropriate or exploitive behavior by the women in a report published by the Los Angeles Times in January.
“After the Times report was published Jan. 11, HBO said it had reached out to staffers on the show and found no complaints or concerns raised about Franco’s behavior on ‘Deuce,'” Variety reports. “Franco plays twin brothers on the show, which chronicles the birth of the modern pornography business in New York City in the early 1970s. Franco has also directed episodes of the show, in addition to exec producing with creators/showrunners George Pelecanos and David Simon.”
Variety adds: “At present, the ‘Deuce’ writing staff is at work on scripts for the second season in which Franco’s characters of Frankie and Vincent Martino are integral to the plot. A source close to the situation said there was no alternate plan for storylines should Franco be forced out. Franco said during an appearance on CBS’s ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ in January that many of the accusations leveled against him are ‘not accurate.’”