James Franco has addressed the cloud that’s been hanging over him since sexual harassment allegations were made about him during the Golden Globes.
As Franco won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Disaster Artist, several women tweeted about Franco’s alleged misconduct: actress Ally Sheedy suggested in now deleted tweets he “shouldn’t be allowed in” and said he’s the reason why she left the entertainment business, while Violet Paley claimed he forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Another recounted what she described as a an “exploitative” experience on once of his films, saying she was only paid $100 a day for scenes that required full nudity.
When asked about the claims on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Franco 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.”
He added, “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.”
“I do support [Time’s Up],” he continued. “I was so excited to win, but being in the room that night was powerful. I support change.
“If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to,” said Franco.
“That’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do. The point is to listen. I am here to listen and learn and change perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.”
Hours after the appearance on Colbert, the New York Times cancelled an event it was due to host the next day with James and brother Dave Franco, saying they were “no longer comfortable” holding the event due to the allegations.
Watch this space.