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In 2014, Instagram messages showed Franco apparently trying to hit on a 17-year-old Scottish fan. During the Golden Globes broadcast, Sheedy tweeted, “Why is James Franco allowed in?”
Franco said he had “no idea” why Sheedy, whom he directed in a 2014 off-Broadway play, was upset. “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. After an allegation of sexual misconduct circulated on social media about James Franco, the actor told late-night host Stephen Colbert that the “the things I heard on Twitter are not accurate.”
Three women recently took aim at Franco, prompted in part by his best actor in a comedy or musical win Sunday at the Golden Globes for his film The Disaster Artist. At the ceremony, Franco wore a pin supporting the “Time’s Up” initiative for gender equality in Hollywood.
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Actress Violet Paley said on Twitter that Franco pushed her head toward his groin in a car, and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan claimed a $100-a-day contract she signed to perform nudity in a film of Franco’s was exploitive. An email seeking comment from his publicist wasn’t immediately returned. Actress Ally Sheedy also said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business. Franco is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday. Afterward Franco said he was “embarrassed” and said social media is “tricky.” “I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson,” the actor said then.
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Franco also attended the National Board of Review Awards gala in New York City on Tuesday to present his film’s adapted screenplay award. But in reference to other behaviour, he said, “If there’s restitution to be made, I will make it.”
“I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done,” Franco told Colbert. I think that it’s a good thing and I support it.”
New York Times talk cancelled
Franco’s appearance Tuesday on CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert came hours after the New York Times cancelled a public event scheduled Wednesday that was intended to feature The Disaster Artist director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the movie with a Times reporter. The Times said in a statement that it had cancelled the event “given the controversy surrounding recent allegations.”
The scrutiny comes at a delicate moment for Franco, a contender for a best actor Academy Awards nomination. He didn’t comment on the allegations at the ceremony. Voting for the Oscar nominations ends Friday.
James Franco, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture — musical or comedy for The Disaster Artist, poses with his brother Dave Franco, left. “I had nothing but a great time with her,” he said. © The Associated Press, 2018