Bijou Phillips has apologized after Point out Ladies superstar Daniel Franzese alleged Phillips stressed him with homophobic feedback and undesirable bodily contact on the drawl of 2001’s Bully.
“I must write to address what Daniel has said. I don’t endure in mind that time well, those years are a blur. I modified into an adolescent and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a honest and correct person, and to discover thru social media that I modified into no longer the buddy I thought I modified into to him made me so sad,” Phillips said in a assertion supplied to TMZ. “I’m so mortified by this behavior and possess contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I’m no longer and by no device were homophobic. I genuinely possess nothing but like for the LGBTQ neighborhood and Daniel.”
Reps for Phillips didn’t acknowledge to EW’s inquire for comment.
Franzese, who starred as Damian in Point out Ladies and on HBO’s Having a survey, shared a lengthy Fb post over the weekend accusing Phillips of harssment.
Noting that he modified into inspired to fragment his story after Ellen Web drawl came ahead with allegations of “homophobic and abusive behavior” by director Brett Ratner on the drawl of X-Males: The Final Stand, Franzese alleged that Phillips “body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me.”
“I modified into timid and closeted and feared for my job. It started with a form of charge rolling every time we spoke but escalated when we did a solid shoot for the [film’s] poster. As we were shooting she stored loudly announcing ‘Are you homosexual?!’ and laughing while the producers and photographer did nothing to pause her,” Franzese wrote, in conjunction with that some of his costars, fancy Michael Pitt and Brad Renfro, “stored telling her to pack up” but Phillips allegedly continued.
When Franzese reluctantly suggested Phillips he modified into bisexual, he continued, “she cackled and said ‘HA! He’s bi!’ And then once I confirmed up to work the subsequent day in front of the crew she modified into screaming ‘Oh survey! The Bi man is here!’”
One scene in the film required Franzese’s character to protect his shirt off. “It modified into an especially inclined second for me due to I modified into no longer at the total originate of man gay with taking my garments off in front of somebody at that time in my life. I modified into the corpulent kid who wore his shirt in the pool,” he wrote. “So I protect my shirt off in the scene and she breaks character and she pointed at my body and at the tip of her lungs yelled ‘Ewwww imperfect!!!’ She laughed and pointed at me and continued to berate me. They name crop and I had to creep off drawl to procure myself.”
In accordance to Franzese’s account, Phillips’ abuse later modified into bodily. He wrote that she “grabbed my nipple and curved it hard thru my shirt” and, while filming one in all their closing scenes, “kicked me as hard as she might maybe maybe in the lend a hand of the head.”
The actor says he has considered Phillips just a few situations since and has “tolerated our compulsory greetings,” noting that she might maybe maybe be a a variety of person this day. Peaceable, he mute says that while the film helped originate his profession, it modified into “one in all the most stressful experiences of my life.”
“It modified into such a blessing to make a choice up a foot into Hollywood’s door but I modified into greeted at that door with homophobia, body shaming and abuse,” he wrote. “The trend I modified into handled in that adverse work ambiance gave me a PTSD that had me protect closeted for a in point of fact very long time. I genuinely possess suggested this story to magazines, TV shows and Q&A’s but I genuinely feel fancy it is a ways persistently crop out of the article or has by no device genuinely been heard. I fancy the film and my other solid mates and crew but BULLY modified into one in all the most stressful experiences of my life on or off a drawl and it modified into my first one.”