According to a damning report from Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese, actress Bijou Phillips is almost too homophobic to function.
On Friday, the openly gay Franzese accused Phillips of forcibly outing him and physically abusing him during the making of 2001’s Bully.
In addition to loudly and repeatedly asking the then-closeted Franzese “are you gay” while in the presence of other cast and crew, Phillips reportedly laughed at him when he finally identified as bi. She then continued to deride his sexual identity throughout the remainder of production.
“When I showed up to work the next day in front of the crew she was screaming “Oh look! The Bi guy is here,” wrote Franzese in his post. “I was playing straight in the film and in life and so fearful of my job because it was my first movie.”
Phillips also allegedly shouted “Ewwww gross” when Franzese had to remove his shirt for one scene — an “extremely vulnerable moment” for Franzese.
Later during production, Phillips pulled Franzese aside and said, “I’m sorry if I offended you,” before telling him he reminded her of Carnie Wilson, a member of Phillips’ sister’s band Wilson Phillips. Wilson was well known (and frequently ridiculed) for her weight issues in the media. (“It was meant to be an insult,” wrote Franzese.) Phillips also purposefully kicked Franzese in the back of the head at one point and gave him a possible concussion.
“I have told this story to magazines, TV shows and Q&A’s but I feel like it is always cut out of the article or has never really been heard,” Franzese explained in his post. “I love the movie and my other cast mates and crew but Bully was one of the most stressful experiences of my life on or off a set and it was my first one.”
Franzese’s post may be the first high-profile accusation of a woman abusing her power in Hollywood. Over the past several months, many prominent men including Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Andy Dick, Kevin Spacey, and George Takei have either been accused of sexual harassment or outed as sexual predators. Phillip’s husband, and fellow Scientologist, Danny Masterson has been accused of rape by four women. The LAPD is currently investigating.
Franzese, who came out in a letter to his Mean Girls alter ego Damien in 2014, said he was inspired to speak out after Ellen Page went on Facebook on Friday to detail her own homophobic abuse at the hands of Brett Ratner.
Phillips, for her part, has rolled out the whole “convenient amnesia” defense and has claimed not to remember any of her behavior on set. Writing on TMZ Monday, Phillips said,
“I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don’t remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior,” she told the celebrity news outlet. “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.”
She also stated, “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.”
Hmm, we’re definitely not buying the “I’ve never been homophobic” argument. Like, it’s OK to say, “Yeah, I used to be a homophobic dick like most of the country,” but it’s pretty much a verifiable lie for any straight person who lived through the ’80s to say “I have never been homophobic.”
After Phillips’ half-apology, Franzese tweeted:
“It was 18 years ago. She has sent me an apology I accept. It would be nice to see her make a donation to @TrevorProject or something.”