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‘Mean Girls’ Star Daniel Franzese Accuses Bijou Phillips of Homophobic Bullying

Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese has accused Bijou Phillips of homophobic behavior while they were shooting the 2001 film Bully.

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.

In a post on Facebook he wrote, ” I was harassed by Bijou Phillips the entire shoot. She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality‬ and physically assaulted me. I was scared and closeted and feared for my job.”

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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?!” Like 10 times making sure to be loud enough for everyone to hear I reluctantly told her i was bi.”

He also accused her of physical and emotional abuse, writing that she had called his body “gross” after he performed in a scene with his shirt off, attacked him by twisting his nipple rubbed her dirty feet on his neck, and kicked him hard in the back of the head.

Franzese went on to reveal that Phillips alleged behavior brought on Post-traumatic stress disorder and prevented him publicly coming out for years.

“The way I was treated in that hostile work environment gave me a PTSD that had me stay closeted for a long time,” he added.

Phillips, whose husband Danny Masterson is facing a rape investigation after four women alleged he sexually assaulted them, is yet to comment publicly on Franzese’s claims.

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