Busy Philipps Slams 'Freaks & Geeks' Co-Star James Franco For Allegedly Assaulting Her

Busy phillips pp
Source: Getty

Oct. 10 2018, Updated 3:29 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

Busy Philipps' new memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, due out on the shelves on October 16, reveals some candid and unfiltered stories about her life as a mother, wife, actress and even as an awkward teen. But one story has readers buzzing. Keep reading to see all about it.

Article continues below advertisement
Busy phillips 1
Source: Getty

The 39-year-old alleged that her former Freaks & Geeks co-star, James Franco assaulted her on the set of their short-lived NBC sitcom.

James franco 3
Source: Getty

The two played high school lovers Kim Kelly and Daniel Desario on the series which ran from 1999-2000 and launched then-unknown comedians like Seth Rogen and Jason Segel into the Hollywood stratosphere.

Article continues below advertisement
James franco 2
Source: Getty

Busy wrote in her book that James was a “f***ing bully” on set. According to, he shoved her onto the ground in a fit of rage during a scene where she was directed to gently hit him in the chest.

Busy Philipps
Busy phillips 2
Source: Getty

But the Spider-Man actor broke character and came at 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,” the Cougar Town star stated.

Article continues below advertisement
James franco 4
Source: Getty

The mother of two sobbed to her friend and co-star on the show, Linda Cardellini who wanted her to tell her manager about the incident. James apparently apologized for what happened after the director and several producers told him to but he was never properly punished for his actions.

James franco 1
Source: Getty

What are your thoughts on this revelation? Sound off in the comments below!


Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2023 OK!. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP HOLDINGS LLC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.