Busy Philipps Accuses ‘Freaks & Geeks’ Costar James Franco of Assault: He Was ‘a F—king Bully’

Philipps and Franco played love interests Kim Kelly and Daniel Desario on the one-season NBC sitcom. According to Radar Online Opens a New Window. , the now 39-year-old actress claimed Franco, now 40, shoved her to the ground while filming a scene in which she was directed to gently hit her costar in the chest. After she delivered her line, Philipps claims Franco broke character and got into her face.

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

James Franco as Daniel Desario and Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly on Freaks and Geeks NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
The Cougar Town alum adds that she cried to costar Linda Cardellini who encouraged her to tell her manager about the situation. While Philipps writes that Franco apologized after the director and producers told him to, she claims he was never formally punished for the incident.

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Franco has yet to publicly respond to Philipps claims. Back in January, the Los Angeles Times reported five different women accused the actor of sexual misconduct. He denied the allegations against him at the time.

According to Radar, Philipps also details an alleged sexual assault by an older student at her Arizona high school when she was 14 years old in her memoir. The incident, which caused rumors to be spread about her at her school, was so traumatic for the actress that she started cutting herself. In the book, Philipps writes that a year later, she discovered she was pregnant with a new boyfriend and had an abortion.

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