James Franco, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor at Sunday’s award ceremony, has addressed allegations of sexual misconduct while being interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Colbert prefaced his question by confirming that the actor-turned-author had agreed, prior to appearing on the show, that he would speak about the criticism he has received for wearing a ‘Time’s Up’ pin at the Golden Globes.
When Franco won Best Actor for his appearance in The Disaster Artist, an adaptation of the book of the same name, several women tweeted accusing him of sexual misconduct. Actress and writer Violet Paley tweeted the following:
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
Paley followed up the tweet by saying that at the time of the alleged abuse, she had had a consensual relationship with Franco, and that there are ‘others who have gone through the same thing as me with him.’ It was then pointed out by Twitter user Liv-TVThings Analyst that Franco had been caught attempting to coerce an underage girl to visit him in his hotel room several years ago.
I love how quickly Hollywood forgets…. as James Franco stands up there with his #timesup pin that he not so long ago tried to knowingly get an underage girl to come to his hotel room. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/2GvZ8JkTxM
— Liv-TVThings Analyst (@DontBscaredRude) January 8, 2018
When Colbert asked him about the allegations and skepticism expressed at his sporting of the ‘Time’s Up’ pin, Franco responded saying “First, I want to say that I do support it. Look, I was so excited to win but being in that room that night was incredible. It was powerful. There were incredible voices and I support it. I support change.”
Ally Sheedy, who worked with Franco on a 2014 Broadway play tweeted a series of vague, now-deleted tweets implying that she had had trouble with him. Vanity Fair included a screenshot of Sheedy’s comments in their article.
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Franco said “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy…I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset. She took the tweet down…I can’t speak for her.” He went on to say:
The things that I heard 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, and I think it’s a good thing and I support it… I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don’t know what else to do. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don’t have the answers. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.
See Franco’s comments in full in the video below. What do you think about the way in which he’s handling the allegations? Let us know in the comments!
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