James Franco Responds To Misconduct Claims

Appearing on Stephen Colbert’s talk show last night, James Franco has addressed recent sexual misconduct allegations levelled at him in the wake of his win for “The Disaster Artist” at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Franco was criticized by social media users for wearing a Time’s Up pin to the ceremony, a pin showing his solidarity with the movement against sexual harassment. “Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy, who worked with Franco on stage several years ago, made several vague references to the actor on Twitter on Sunday before deleting them.

That was followed by actress Violet Paley and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan accusing Franco on Twitter of earlier instances of sexual misconduct. When Colbert asked Franco about the allegations, he responded:

“Things that I heard were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice… If there is restitution to be made I will make it. If I have done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I think that’s how that works. I don’t want else to do…I’m here to listen and learn, and change my perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing, and want to.”

Franco also told Colbert he did not know what prompted Sheedy’s comments:

“I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy … I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset. She took the tweet down … I can’t speak for her.”

The interview followed the cancellation of a TimesTalk with Franco and devoted to “The Disaster Artist” just one day before it was scheduled to happen. The Times issued a statement about the move saying: “Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein.”

The recent controversy follows on from one in 2014 when a 17-year-old Scottish girl visiting New York accused Franco of using Instagram to try to arrange a visit to her hotel room.

Also caught up in sexual misconduct allegations yesterday was comics legend Stan Lee was the subject of a report in the British tabloid The Daily Mail alleging that multiple unnamed nurses are accusing Lee of groping them and ‘demanding that they perform sex acts on him’. Lee’s attorney quickly issued a statement to Syfy categorically denying the allegations labelling them false and defamatory.

Additionally, Michael Douglas has pre-emptively come out with a statement denying claims of sexual harassment before they are even published. The 73-year-old actor denied masturbating in front of a woman 32 years ago, calling it a “complete lie” in an interview with Deadline (via Sky).