Well, well, it seems there really is no rest for the (allegedly!) wicked, because prominent Oscar blackballed actor, James Franco, will return to his leading role on hit show, The Deuce, despite allegations of sexual misconduct from five different women. You got to love it!
The show's writer Megan Abott was questioned by reporters at the Writer's Guild Awards as to whether Franco would be rejoining the cast for the second season, to which she responded, "Of course." Of course?
Co-creator David Simon also somewhat confirmed to Variety last month it would be full steam ahead: "Personally I can only speak knowledgeably to The Deuce," Simon said in a statement. "We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco. Nor has HBO been approached with any complaint."
Just to rehash, five women came forward after Franco won at the Golden Globes for his role in The Disaster Artist (wearing a Time's Up pin no less), with even former co-star Ally Sheedy alluding to the fact Franco may have had something to do with her leaving the movie business. Other actresses accused Franco of exploitation, namely coercing them into on-screen nudity, one young women all claimed Franco forced her to perform fellatio despite her repeated attempts to slow things down.
Let's not forget when he also knowingly attempted to engage a 17-year-old in sex, a scandal which broke several years prior.
HBO, blink twice if you're okay.
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