James Franco just responded to sexual misconduct allegations

NEW YORK NY- APRIL 21  Producer  actor James Franco speaks to the media during 'The Director' World Premiere during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Well that was super uncomfortable!

On Tuesday, The New York Times canceled a TimesTalk event with James Franco. He made the bold proclamation on The Late Show on January 9 that the claims against him were "not accurate" and on Late Night with Seth Meyers just 24 hours later he doubled down that message. Then, the late-night host asked Franco to address the recent claims of sexual misconduct, and he admitted that he'd heard about allegations made on Twitter, but he hadn't read them. That's why I wore [the Time's Up pin]. He revealed that, "I was sent a couple of the tweets".

"There were some things on Twitter - yeah, I haven't read them", he continued. Franco said that the things he's heard about on Twitter are not accurate but he supports people coming out and having a voice. He added, "If I have to take a knock because I'm not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much".

Actress Violet Paley said on Twitter that Franco pushed her head toward his groin in a auto, and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan claimed a $100-a-day contract she signed to perform nudity in a film of Franco's was exploitive.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan was one such accuser, who wrote: '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?

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In reference to his own situation, Franco said, "The way I live my life, I can't live if there's restitution to be made".

The accusations started when The Breakfast Club star, Ally Sheedy, suggested James Franco was the reason she left the entertainment industry. She hinted that he'd done something untoward to her and even used the #metoo hashtag. "I had nothing but a great time with her", he said. When asked, he said he has not tried to reach out to her. I directed her in a play off Broadway. "She took the tweet down".

HBO said in a statement to Deadline: 'We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on The Deuce production'. Seth pressed on, asking "You're not curious enough to reach out to her, as someone that you've had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?" It was so shocking. I support 50/50 in 2020, which just means that people who are underrepresented - women, and people of color, people in the LGBT community - get leadership positions, that they fill all positions that they've been deprived of.

The book is a work of fiction and contains stories about 12 actors, including one Hollywood star named James Franco (yes, it's confusing, isn't it).


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