James Franco photoshopped out of Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue

After James Franco was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, Vanity Fair photoshopped him off of the cover of its annual  Hollywood Issue.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that while he sat for photos with Annie Liebovitz, who shoots the cover every year, and was interviewed for the accompanying piece, he was later “removed from the cover digitally.”

Vanity Fair has since confirmed the move.

“We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,” said a spokesperson for the magazine.

Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, Claire Foy, Michael Shannon, Harrison Ford, Gal Gadot, Vanity Fair‘s outgoing editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, and Robert De Niro are all featured in this year’s spread.

The decision to excise Franco so close to the issue’s publication date was called “highly unusual” by The Hollywood Reporter. 

Franco is facing accusations from five women of sexual impropriety, following a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Four of the women attended his film school, and another Franco mentored.

He addressed the claims during an appearance on The Late Show earlier this month, telling Stephen Colbert: “Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done.”

He continued, “I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”

“If I have done something wrong,” he added, “I will fix it — I have to.”

Two of the women, Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan, appeared on Good Morning America this week, and said that Franco has yet to apologize to them.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor James Franco from 'True Story' poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: James Franco takes part in a SiriusXM Town Hall with Seth Rogen and James Franco with host Lisa Lampinelli on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel at the SiriusXM Studios on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
GLENDALE, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor and Executive Producer James Franco attends the USC School of Cinematic Arts screening of 'Don Quixote' at The Americana at Brand on September 26, 2014 in Glendale, California (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Caruso Affiliated)
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