- James Franco denied a series of sexual misconduct allegations in an interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, calling the claims made on social media “not accurate.”
- On Sunday, while Franco appeared on stage at the Golden Globes wearing a “Time’s Up” pin in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct, actress Violet Paley tweeted out an accusation that Franco pushed her head toward him while he was exposed.
- Paley later tweeted that Franco had called her and “a few other girls” weeks earlier to apologize.
- The New York Times on Wednesday canceled a planned TimesTalk conversation with Franco, citing “recent allegations.”
James Franco denied a series of sexual misconduct allegations made against him in an interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” Tuesday night, calling the claims made on social media “not accurate.”
“The things that I heard that 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. It’s a good thing and I support it,” Franco said.
After Franco won a Golden Globe award for his performance in “The Disaster Artist” on Sunday, the actor was criticized on social media for showing solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct by wearing a Time’s Up pin. He was also accused of sexual misconduct himself by an actress on Twitter.
Actress Violet Paley tweeted on Sunday that Franco once “pushed” her head down in a car toward his “exposed penis,” and that she knew “other girls with similar stories.” (Paley also tweeted that Franco apologized to her and “a few other girls” over the phone weeks earlier, and noted that she had a “consensual relationship” with Franco as well).
Another actress, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, recalled in a tweet her “exploitative” experience with signing a contract to do nude scenes in two of Franco’s films. The contract only paid $100 per day, she said.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, “Breakfast Club” actress Ally Sheedy wrote during the Golden Globes ceremony, “Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much.” She later tweeted, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business,” after Franco won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy for “The Disaster Artist.”
In reference to Sheedy’s tweets, Franco told Colbert, “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I directed her in a play Off Broadway. I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her. I have no idea why she was so upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her.”
Colbert went on to ask Franco if there was “some way to have this conversation that piggybacks on what’s happening in social media” so that “there can be some sort of reconciliation between people who clearly have different views of things.”
“The way I live my life, I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made, I will make it,” Franco said. “So if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I mean, I think that’s how that works. I don’t know what else, I don’t know what else to do. I mean, as far as the bigger issues, you know, how we do it. I, look, I really don’t have the answers, and I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. You know, there were incredible people talking that night. They had a lot to say, and I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off, and I’m completely willing and want to.”
Citing the “recent allegations” against Franco, The New York Times on Wednesday canceled a planned TimesTalk conversation with Franco to discuss “The Disaster Artist.”
Franco ran into a previous controversy in 2014, when leaked Instagram messages showed the actor trying to arrange a hotel visit with a 17-year-old girl visiting New York City from Scotland. He later spoke about the incident on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael,” stating that he was embarrassed and had “used bad judgment.”
Watch Franco’s interview with Colbert below: