James Franco Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations: "It's Not Accurate"
Aaand... another one bites the dust. After a phenomenally successful end of last year and the beginning of 2018 marked by a Golden Globe award, James Franco has recently taken a dive into the sewer where the rest of Hollywood men accused of sexual harassment have been floating like turds for quite some time.
What happened was – after sniffing out that James wore a black suit and a special pin to express support to the TIME'S UP movement, aka a movement against sexual harassment in the workplace including Hollywood, actress Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) tweeted comments about Franco and Christian Slater using the #MeToo hashtag.
Sheedy has later deleted her tweets but the internet never forgets and quoting screenshots that were shared by several media outlets, here's what she said:
James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.
Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo.
Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya #goldenglobes.
Franco and Sheedy worked together back in 2014 in the off-Broadway play The Long Shrift. Sheedy's accusations were supported by other actresses, including Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan.
Paley was recording tweeting: "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?" (Paley was most likely referring to a 2014 incident when Franco was busted hitting on a 17-year-old girl via text messages.)
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
Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!— Sarah Tither-Kaplan (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former student at Franco's acting school, said: "Remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that! I 100% did not feel like I had a choice to say no."
All in all, the events escalated quickly and all of a sudden Franco was the newest target in Hollywood. Then on Tuesday, January 9, during his interview with Stephen Colbert, James Franco was given the chance to address the allegations against him, to which he said:
"First of all, 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 upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her.
The others, look [...] In my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. [...]
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."
Now the story is still developing, and HBO has confirmed there have been no complaints about Franco's behavior on the set of The Deuce, a show that involves a looooot of nudity and sex-focused topics. However, the actor was booted from giving a speech at The New York Times' TimesTalk, which was supposed to discuss his latest creation, The Disaster Artist.
* We will update this story as more details arise.
By Justina Bakutyte, publish on 11/01/2018