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James Franco denies sexual misconduct allegations: 'I support people having a voice'

James Franco appeared on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show where he denied the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against him.


Brittany King


James Franco is addressing the sexual harassment allegations leveled at him recently on Twitter. The actor came under criticism following his appearance at the 2018 Golden Globes Sunday and wearing a Time's Up pin in support of movement promoting equality and safety in the workplace and fighting sexual harassment. During the award show, Ally Sheedy took to Twitter to post a series of Tweets about the actor. (They have since been deleted.)

 

"Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya #goldenglobes," Sheedy tweeted, before adding, "Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo." After Franco took home the award for Best Actor for his role in Disaster Artist, Sheedy tweeted out, "James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business."

 

The pair worked together in 2014 where Franco directed The Breakfast Club actress in the off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift. 

 

Speaking with Colbert, Franco said he hadn't read the allegations about him on Twitter but said he heard about them from others. "OK, 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. She took the tweet down; I don't know. I can't speak for her; I don't know."

In my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done. I have to do that to maintain my wellbeing. I do it whenever I know that there's something wrong or needs to be changed, and I make it a point to do it.

As for the other sexual harassment allegations floating around on Twitter about the actor, Franco said, "The others, look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done. I have to do that to maintain my wellbeing. I do it whenever I know that there's something wrong or needs to be changed, and I make it a point to do it. 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. I don't want to shut them down in any way. I think [it's] a good thing, and I support it."

 

Colbert went on to ask Franco if believes there are other ways people can have civilized conversations about sexual harassment off social media, to which the actor replied, "The way I live my lifeI can't live if there's restitution to be made. I will make it. So, if I've done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I think that's how it works. I don't know what else to do. As far as the bigger issues, how we do it, look, I really don't have the answers, and I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. There were incredible people talking that night. They had a lot to say, and I'm here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it's off. I'm completely willing, and I want to."

 

As for wearing the pin, the 39-year-old actor said he had nothing but respect and admiration for the movement. "Look, 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; I support 50-50 in 2020, which just means, you know, people that are underrepresentedwomen, and people of color, people in the LGBT communityget leadership positions [and] that they fill all positions that they've been deprived of. I completely believe in that. That's why I wore it."

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