November 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm PST | by Mariah Cooper
Bijou Phillips apologizes for gay-shaming Daniel Franzese on set of ‘Bully’

(Daniel Franzese. Photo via Bigstock.)

Bijou Phillips has apologized for gay-shaming and harassing her “Bully” co-star Daniel Franzese.

Franzese, also known for his roles on “Mean Girls” and “Looking,” accused Phillips of being homophobic and fat-shaming him on the set of the 2001 film “Bully.”

Citing Ellen Page’s decision to call out actor Brett Ratner for outing her as a teen, Franzese detailed his story of abuse he suffered from Phillips on Facebook. 

“She kept loudly saying ‘Are you gay?!’ and laughing‪ while ‬the producers‪ ‬and photographer did nothing‪ ‬to stop her,” Franzese writes about Phillips.

“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. Which at the time was how I was choosing to‪ ‬identify as ‘Q’ wasn’t known to be an option yet and to be honest I don’t know that I had many gay experiences at the time my life,” Franzese went on. “She cackled and‪ said ’HA! He’s bi! And then when I showed up to work the next day in front of the crew she was screaming ‘Oh look! The Bi guy is here!’”

Franzese also says Phillips laughed at him when he had to take his shirt off for a scene.

“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!!!” She laughed and pointed at me and continued to berate me. they call cut and I had to walk off set to collect myself,” Franzese writes.

Phillips told TMZ that she apologizes for her behavior as a teenager and has also privately apologized to Franzese.

“I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. 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 told 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 tweeted that he accepts Phillips apology but that her story is only one of many he has faced in the film industry.

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