James Franco Says Misconduct Allegations Are 'Not Accurate'

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James Franco Says Misconduct Allegations Are 'Not Accurate'


Byline: Emily Yahr The Washington Post

What started as a lighthearted interview between Stephen Colbert and James Franco turned serious on CBSs "The Late Show" on Tuesday night, as the actor denied accusations of misconduct that surfaced this week on social media.

After Franco appeared Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards, where he won best actor in a comedy for his role in "The Disaster Artist," actress Ally Sheedy posted a series of tweets.

"James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/TV business," she wrote. (In 2014, Franco directed Sheedy in the off-Broadway play "The Long Shrift.") Sheedy also tweeted, "Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya #goldenglobes."

Sheedy deleted the tweets, but the screenshots made the rounds online. Later that night, another actress sent a tweet that accused Franco of sexual misconduct. She added "Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco," in reference to the pins worn by many actors that evening to support the new "Times Up" initiative, a legal fund to fight sexual harassment and workplace inequality. Another actresss tweet directed at Franco 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 wasnt exploitative because I signed a contract to do it?"

Fast forward to Francos appearance on Colberts show, where the two chatted about his portrayal of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in "The Disaster Artist" and welcomed Francos younger brother, actor Dave Franco, on stage for a cameo. Then, as is now becoming a semiregular practice as harassment allegations pour out of Hollywood, the tone of the comedy show changed.

"I mentioned backstage I wanted to talk to you about this, and if youre OK talking about it, I wanted to ask you about some criticism you got on Golden Globes night," Colbert started. "Because you were wearing a Times Up pin in support of the Times Up movement, which has been created by many powerful women in Hollywood to say that the time is up for the abuse, misuse of women both sexually and otherwise, not only in Hollywood but around the country. ... You got criticized for wearing that. Do you know why? And do you have a response, do you have anything you want to say about that criticism?"

"First, I want to say I wore it because I do support it. I was so excited to win, but being in that room that night was incredible. I mean, it was powerful. There were incredible voices, and I support it. I support change," Franco said. He noted the funds "50-50 by 2020" goal, which means equality for "people that are underrepresented, women, and people of color, people in the LGBT community" by the year 2020. …

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