Daniel Franzese accuses 'Bully' star Bijou Phillips of harassment

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BYKate Feldman
Daniel Franzese claims that Bijou Phillips harassed him on the set of “Bully” in 2001.

Daniel Franzese, best known as Cady Heron’s best friend in “Mean Girls,” claims that “Bully” star Bijou Phillips harassed him on set of their 2001 film, his first movie credit.

“She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me,” Franzese wrote on Facebook Saturday, saying he was inspired by Ellen Page’s story about Brett Ratner.

“I was scared and closeted and feared for my job. It started with a lot of eye rolling whenever we spoke but escalated when we did a cast shoot for the poster. As we were shooting she kept loudly saying 'Are you gay?!' and laughing while the producers and photographer did nothing to stop her.”

Franzese wrote that he eventually told Phillips, who has been married to Danny Masterson since 2011, that he was bisexual, which she then told to the entire cast.

The movie, which also starred Brad Renfro, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick, Kelli Garner and Nick Stahl, followed a group of South Florida teenagers who murder a friend who has abused them for years.

Franzese, 39, said that Phillips mocked him when he took his shirt off for a scene and even appeared to arrange a meeting so he would walk in on her having sex with Stahl, who she was dating at the time.

At one point, she compared him to Carnie Wilson, a member of her sister’s band Wilson Phillips, who was known for her weight issues.

“She then grabbed my nipple and twisted it hard through my shirt and laughed and walked away. I stopped talking to her for the rest of filming. When we shot one of our last scenes in a court room she was walking around barefoot and the bottom of her feet were black with dirt,” he wrote on Facebook.

“She was sitting behind me and kept rubbing her dirty feet on my neck. I kept swiveling the chair to move away from her and she kicked me as hard as she could in the back of the head. To this day I’m not even sure if she gave me a concussion because I was light headed and dizzy for a while.”

Franzese said that Phillips may be “a different person” now, but said he “can’t imagine anyone who behaves that way in a work environment cares that there will be stories that are told about them later.”

“It was such a blessing to get a foot into Hollywood’s door but I was greeted at that door with homophobia, body shaming and abuse,” he wrote.

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

A rep for Phillips did not immediately return a request for comment.

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