Recently, Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese accused Bijou Phillips of sexual harassment and homophobic behavior. The actor wrote a lengthy post on his Facebook page, on November 11, claiming he bodyshamed him, made fun f his sexuality and physically assaulted him.
39-year-old Daniel Franzese, best known for his role on the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls, came out with his story about sexual harassment over the weekend. He shared it on Facebook mentioning that he did so driven by Ellen Page’s courage to share hers.
“On my first film BULLY I was harassed by Bijou Phillips the entire shoot”, Franzese unveils, detailing that the 37-year-old actress “body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me.” He put up with it because he was closeted and in fear of losing his job.
He recounted a scene in the movie where he had to take his shirt off and Phillips, breaking character exclaimed “Ewwww gross!!!” She laughed and pointed at me and continued to berate me.
The bad behavior towards him continued and as a result, Franzese says he got PTSD, which caused him to stay “closeted for a long time.”
Here is the full story:
I am telling this story of homophobia and abuse because Ellen Page shared hers. On my first film BULLY I was harassed…
His story comes just one day after actress Ellen Page shared her story on homophobia. It occurred when she was filming x Men: The Last Stand.
“I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f**k her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.”
“You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet”…
In response to Daniel Franzese’s accusations, Bijou Phillips apologized, despite the fact that she claims she does not remember bullying him. “I don’t remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior.”, the actress told TMZ, adding that she always thought of him as “a trustworthy and honest person”. “To find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad”, she continued.
Phillips concluded that she has never been homophobic, adding that she has contacted Franzese and apologized. The actor confirmed he has received the apology and has accepted it.