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Busy Philipps Said James Franco Threw Her To The Ground While Filming “Freaks And Geeks”

Philipps wrote about the incident in her upcoming memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little.

Posted on October 9, 2018, at 2:07 p.m. ET

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Actor Busy Philipps wrote in an upcoming memoir that James Franco threw her to the ground while the two were filming Freaks and Geeks.

Radar obtained an excerpt of the memoir in which Philipps wrote that she was instructed to hit Franco in the chest during a scene while she said one of her lines.

“He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!'” Philipps wrote, according to Radar. “And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.”

He then stormed off the set while other crew members helped Philipps off the ground.

Philipps, who played the role of Kim Kelly on the 1999 cult classic TV show, said Franco, who played Daniel Desario, apologized to her the next day at the direction of the show’s producers and director, but there were never any consequences for his behavior.

Jessica Roth, a spokesperson for publisher Touchstone Books, declined to provide a preview copy of the book, but confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that the description of the passage was accurate.

"It’s an accurate description of the passage describing the incident with James Franco in Busy’s book, This Will Only Hurt a Little (on-sale October 16)," she said in an email.

Representatives for Franco and Philipps didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Philipps has also talked about an incident on the set of Freaks and Geeks in the past, including during an interview on Watch What Happens Live in July 2016.

“We really, really disliked each other. It’s well-documented,” Philipps said about Franco. “He shoved me to the ground once — it was really brutal. But we’re friends now and we really like each other now as adults, but as kids we did not get along.”

Franco was also accused of sexual misconduct by five women in January 2018.

The actor said he supported the women coming forward but said their claims were “not accurate.”


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