Daniel Franzese, best known for his portrayal of Damien in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls, is stepping forward with harrowing accounts of his experiences on the set of Larry Clark's 2001 film Bully. Franzese claims that actress Bijou Phillips, who played Ali Willis, "shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me."
Actor @WhatsupDanny details his experience with @BijouPhillips in a Facebook post. Bijou's husband @dannymasterson is currently under investigation by the LA District Attorney/LAPD for violently raping four women. https://t.co/1XlIReC5Ed pic.twitter.com/Kn5H0ZTkzO— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 12, 2017
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. 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. 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.
This is not the only tale of horror or horrible people I have been around in the film industry.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 13, 2017
I’m not a perfect person by any means but I always try to treat people with respect. Especially as an adult.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 13, 2017
Hopefully we can move forward into a future where film sets are a more professional environment.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 13, 2017
18 years ago is a long time and I’d like to think she has found peace in her life. I certainly have. These experiences shape us.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 13, 2017
These days my belly sees the sun at the beach and I can honestly say (especially now that it’s been heard) I see the sun too.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 13, 2017
We’ve all been hurt and we’ve all hurt someone. I️ accept your apology on the grace you can afford the same mercy to someone else one day.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 13, 2017
Thank you for sharing your story, Daniel, and for being the bigger person here and accepting of a seemingly genuine apology. It's important to be honest about these situations, but I am so happy you have chosen not to let this treatment imprison you. You're amazing.— Steacy Curry 💎 (@SteacyC) November 13, 2017
Thank you to everyone for your support on my Facebook post. I’m fine. It was long ago. It’s important to stop this for future generations.— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) November 12, 2017