Sunday night was a big night for James Franco. He won the Golden Globe for Best Male Actor in a Drama for The Disaster Artist. Shortly after he won people on Twitter started to share sexual harassment and abuse allegations about Franco. Franco wore a Time’s Up pin to the Globes, which many of the women found ironic and was a driving factor behind them sharing their stories.
Franco finally addressed the allegations on Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Stephen Colbert was very directed with Franco and asked him if he knew why he was getting backlash for wearing the pin and if he has anything to say.
Franco said he didn’t read any of the tweets but claimed they weren’t accurate. But he went on to say, “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. It’s a good thing and I support it.”
Colbert then asked Franco how he will reconcile with the accusations. Franco then said that “if there is restitution to be made, I will make it.” He later said this is a time that men should and need to be listening and learning and that he is willing to do so.
The accusations that started on Sunday became with Ally Sheedy, best known for The Breakfast Club. Franco directed Sheedy in the off-broadway production of The Long Shrift in 2014.
Her tweets have been deleted, but there are always screenshots. Her first tweet asked why Franco was even allowed into the awards. That was followed up by her tweeting the hashtag #MeToo when she saw Christian Slater and Franco at a table. Her finally tweet came after Franco won his globes and it commented on why she left the industry.The Cut
Shortly after his win, more tweets were posted from women about Franco’s behavior. Sarah Tither-Kaplan posted a tweet claiming that Franco abused his power when she did full nudity in two of his movies and that she was only paid $100 a day for it.
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? Times up on that!
— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
Violet Paley posted a tweet claiming that Franco tried to force her into giving him oral sex. She also referenced the time Franco slid into a 17-year-old’s Instagram DMs and tried to hook up with her. He admitted to trying to pursue the minor.
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 come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
Since the tweets, The New York Times canceled their TimesTalk event with Franco and his brother Dave Franco. In a statement, The Times canceled the event based on the “given the controversy surrounding recent allegations.”