James Franco interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Image Source.
Content warning: contains sexual assault.
Franco has already been accused of soliciting sex from a 17 year old, and there are rumours circulating that this behaviour has happened on more than one occasion. Actress Ally Sheedy, in a now-deleted series of tweets, alluded to Franco being the reason she left the film and TV industry after wondering why he was wearing the pin.
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
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
Scheduled to go on the Colbert show in the wake of the allegations, Franco was directly asked by the presenter about the social media outburst. Here’s the moment:
Yeh. Here’s the biggie: “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.”
Familiar and devastating and infuriating all at once, Franco’s response is what we’ve come to expect from so many men who have had allegations laid against them: that they believe women until they are the ones being accused. There’s the strange use of vague words like “respect”: “First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy,” he said. “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.” It’s starting to feel like another term that should be banned from use; it is increasingly evident that it is not understood by men.
News via the New York Times.