Busy Philipps claims James Franco physically assaulted her on the set of Freaks and Geeks

The pair starred in the comedy series between 1999-2000

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Busy Philipps has claimed that James Franco physically assaulted her on the set of Freaks and Geeks.

The pair both starred in the comedy series between 1999 – 2000, and Busy played Kim Kelly, the girlfriend of James’ character Daniel Desario.

In her new memoir ‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’, Busy branded her co-star as “a f**king bully” as she recalled working with him on set.

“It felt like over the summer he had read Easy Riders, Raging Bull or something and had decided that the only way to be taken seriously was to be a f**king prick,” she wrote.

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Recalling the time their director told her to lightly hit James in the chest for a scene, Busy has alleged that James broke character and attacked her.

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

“Immediately, I could feel the wet hot stinging of tears, but I tried like hell to suck them back in.”


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James reportedly apologised the next day after being ordered to by the director and producers, however, he was never punished for his behaviour.

“He smiled and hugged me,” she wrote. “And I don’t need to tell you this, but James is a f**king movie star. He was horrible to me, yes, but he’s also gorgeous and charming as hell. That’s where the manipulation lives.”

Busy’s comments come after James was accused of sexual misconduct by five women earlier this year.