James Franco said that recent allegations of sexually misconduct leveled against him are “not accurate.”
“I haven’t read [the accusations.] I’ve heard approximately them,” Franco said Tuesday night during an appearance on “The Late clarify with Stephen Colbert.” “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate but I totally support people coming out and being able to possess a voice because they didn’t possess a voice for so long. So I don’t want to … shut them down in any way.”
Multiple women, including actress Violet Paley, accused Franco of sexual misconduct after he on Sunday won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture/Comedy for his role in “The catastrophe Artist.” The actor was also criticized for wearing a “Time’s Up” pin in support of an initiative against gender discrimination despite the allegations.
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 reach to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year aged?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
On Colbert’s clarify, Franco did not respond to Paley’s tweet specifically but did respond to comments from “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy. Soon after Franco accepted his Golden Globe, Sheedy tweeted, “James Franco just won. Please never ever expect me why I left the film/tv commerce, trade.” She deleted the tweets soon after, along with one calling out actor Christian Slater with the hashtag #metoo.
“I possess no understanding what I did to Ally Sheedy,” Franco said. “I directed her in a play Off Broadway. I had nothing but a worthy time with her, total respect for her. I possess no understanding why she was upset.”
The actor went on to say that he prides himself on taking responsibility for his actions.
A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone “apology”. I don’t accept, but perhaps, possibly some other people’s lives would be made easier whether he donated full of his earnings from “The catastrophe Artist” to @RAINN01.
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 9, 2018
Earlier on Tuesday, the current York Times canceled an event it had scheduled with Franco over the claims against Franco.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the Times said, “The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, “The catastrophe Artist.” Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein.”
Watch Franco’s full response in the video above.