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Bijou Phillips Apologizes for Bi-Shaming, Assaulting Mean Girls Actor

Bijou Phillips Apologizes For Gay Shaming And Assaulting Mean Girls Actor

Bijou Phillips, best known as the daughter of John Phillips and Geneviève Waïte, has apologized for shaming actor Daniel Franzese for his sexuality and weight.

Encouraged by Ellen Page's story on homophobia and harassment in the entertainment industry, Franzese — known for roles in Mean Girls and Looking —detailed how Phillips physically and verbally attacked him while shooting the film Bully.

"She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me. I was scared and closeted and feared for my job," Franzese wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. He accused Phillips of loudly interrogating him about his sexuality. When he disclosed he was bisexual, she greeted him the next day by yelling, "Oh, look! The bi guy is here!" 

Franzese alleged that Phillips also twisted his nipple and kicked him in the back of the head while shooting.

Additionally, four women have accused Phillips's husband, That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson, of rape. Three of the accusers are members of the Church of Scientology, which both Phillips and Masterson are active in.

Phillips has since apologized for her behavior on the set of Bully, telling TMZ, "I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel."

Franzese has since accepted her apology on Twitter.


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