James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behaviour by five women, including students from his acting school.

The US media has reported that the actor-director’s former students and an actress who said Franco was her mentor, all claim they were victims of ‘an abuse of power’. This comes after claims against Franco on social media hit a high point, after his win for his newest movie the Disaster Artist.

The actor said the accusations were ‘not accurate’.

Franco attended the Globes awards ceremony on Sunday, wearing a Time’s Up pin on his lapel, showing his support for an initiative combating sexual harassment.  This prompted accusations of sexual misconduct against the actor on Twitter. They were from Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley.

James Franco has denied that he had any involvement with his students.

Two other students claimed Franco became angry, after they refused to expose themselves at a photoshoot, the LA Times reports. Franco taught many acting classes at two film schools, which were opened in 2014, both named Studio 4.

He told Stephen Colbert during an interview:

‘The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate.

‘I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing I support.’

Actress Rose McGowan, a prominent campaigner against sexual misconduct in the industry, said that Hollywood has been ‘selectively deaf’ about Franco.

This years’ Golden Globes showed many actresses and actors wearing black, to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault and harassment.

It’s likely that there will be more allegations about plenty of other men in Hollywood in the next year. For now, we’re just hoping Tom Hanks stays clean. I don’t think my heart could take it to find out he’s as much of a tool as the rest of them.