In light of accusations by former students against actor James Franco,聽Vanity Fair聽has digitally removed the actor from their multi-panel cover photo for their annual 鈥楬ollywood鈥 issue, saying that the allegations were the only reason they removed their former cover star.

The聽VF聽cover, which has caused some laughs due to the accidental Photoshopping of a supposed third leg on Reese Witherspoon, and an extra hand for Oprah Winfrey could have looked very different, but the mag鈥檚 soon-to-retire editor, Graydon聽Carter stepped in and removed Franco from the fold-out spread.

鈥淲e made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,鈥 a spokesperson told聽The Hollywood Reporter, although it鈥檚 unclear exactly when the decision was made. Although there have been rumors of Franco鈥檚 impropriety in the past, his win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his role as cult favorite Tommy Wiseau in聽The Disaster Artist, reignited the spotlight to his alleged previous behavior.

Students of the actor from his days at Playhouse West (pre Studio 4)聽told聽The LA Times聽earlier this month that the actor inappropriate while employed at their school. Hilary Dusome and聽Natalie Chmiel said聽that when Franco approached them to film some scenes with him,聽saying that the footage would be used in a聽7 For All Mankind commercial, the aspiring actors agreed. But, the two women say what happened next was a聽鈥渉ostile and unprofessional鈥 video shoot at an LA strip club, where they were made to feel that if they did not comply with Franco, they would have to deal with his rage and lose out on potential further work.

鈥淚 feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,鈥 Sarah Tither-Kaplan,聽another former student, told聽The Times. Franco was also聽accused of hitting on a 17-year-old visiting from Scotland back in 2014, which he has jokingly shrugged off in the past.

Although the 39-year-old actor has yet to fully respond, he told Stephen Colbert almost immediately after accusations resurfaced that he was not guilty of what was being accused of him. The聽Freaks and Geeks聽star has not responded to聽VF or made any further statements since his appearance on Colbert鈥檚 show.

What do you think of聽Vanity Fair鈥檚聽decision? Let us know @BritandCo!

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