Vanity Fair New Issue Cover features stars of this year’s award although one winner was missing from the cover – James Franco.
Golden Globe winner and SAG award nominee, James Franco was not pictured among the throng of performers which includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Gal Gadot and Robert De Niro.
With Franco missing on the cover, suspicions were raised over whether it was a purposeful move given five women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Franco in a recent Los Angeles Times report this month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Franco had posed for the shoot and given an interview for the piece. Per the report, the stars are photographed in smaller groups and then digitally merged for the full image.
However, when the final cover debuted on Thursday, Franco’s face was not there. As THR reported, he was “removed from the cover digitally.”
A spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter, “We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him.”
Franco’s attorney Michael Plonsker denied the women’s allegations to the newspaper. Meanwhile, prior to the Los Angeles Times’ report, Franco addressed claims against him that had surfaced on social media, calling them “not accurate.”
“In my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my wellbeing,” Franco told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
“I do it whenever I know that there’s something wrong or needs to be changed, and I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So, I don’t want to shut them down in anyway. It’s, I think, a good thing, and I support it.”
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