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'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Speaks Out About Homophobia By Actress Bijou Phillips

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." 

Nobody should have to go through things like this:

It was a waking nightmare for the young Franzese:

It's time for abusers' power to end:

After reading his story, Phillips publicly apologized for the way she treated Franzese on set, saying:

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.

In a heartwarming turn of events, Franzese decided to let bygones be bygones:

But Phillips' behavior is not an anomaly in Hollywood:

Let's hope we're all different than we were 18 years ago...

Franzese's touching words inspired Twitter users. He'd like people to help stop this behavior.

H/T: Twitter, TMZ