On Nov. 12, 2017, actor Daniel Franzese, who's best known for his role as Damian in Mean Girls, accused Phillips of harassment and assault in a lengthy post on Facebook, detailing the alleged inappropriate behavior on the set of their 2001 film Bully. "On my first film, Bully, I was harassed by Bijou Phillips the entire shoot". She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me.
In his post, Franzese claimed that Phillips' harassment "started with a lot of eye-rolling" but escalated to verbal harassment and a hard kick to the head.
Explaining how the Raising Hope actress had allegedly forced him to confess to being bisexual, Franzese explained, "As we were shooting she kept loudly saying "Are you gay?!" and laughing while the producers and photographer did nothing to stop her but some of my cast like Michael Pitt and Brad Renfro kept telling her to shut up but she continued to say "Are You Gay?!" When he told her he was bi-sexual, she allegedly said, "Ha! The bi guy is here, '" he continued.
'So I take my shirt off in the scene and she breaks character and she pointed at my body and at the top of her lungs yelled "Ewwww gross!"
Later, Franzese was told that Phillips wanted to apologize to him.
He also claims that at one point during filming, Phillips "grabbed my nipple and twisted it hard through my shirt and laughed and walked away". "Like 10 times making sure to be loud enough for everyone to hear I reluctantly told her i was bi".
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The actor also alleges Phillips harangued other cast members and even burned the costume designer with a cigarette. He said she later rubbed her dirty feet (she'd previously shot a scene in which she walked barefoot) on the actor's neck and once kicked him on the back of the head.
The youngest child of Mamas and the Papas cofounder John Phillips, Phillips had her first magazine cover at age 13 when she appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue. "I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad", Phillips said to TMZ.
She added, "I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic", she continued. "I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel".
The 39-year-old, who came out as queer in 2014 by writing a public letter to his gay character in Mean Girls, Damien, accused Phillips, 37, of trying to out him while they were filming the controversial youth drama.
On Monday, Franzese announced on Twitter that he forgives Phillips, adding, "18 years ago is a long time and I'd like to think she has found peace in her life".
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