Written By | Jess Cohen & Elyse Dupre
James Franco denied allegations of sexual misconduct against him during Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show.
Host Stephen Colbert asked about criticism the actor received for wearing a Time’s Up pin to the 2018 Golden Globes. Time’s Up is a movement that promotes equality and safety in the workplace and fights against sexual harassment. After The Disaster Artist star took the stage for his Best Actor win, many people condemned Franco for wearing the symbol of solidarity and accused him of past inappropriate behavior.
Addressing the criticism, Franco told Colbert he wore the pin because he supports 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 underrepresented—women, and people of color, people in the LGBT community—get leadership positions [and] that they fill all positions that they’ve been deprived of,” the actor said, generating a round of applause. “I completely believe in that. That’s why I wore it.”
She later wrote, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
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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,” 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. She took the tweet down, I don’t know. I can’t speak for her, I don’t know.”
Franco directed Sheedy in the off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift back in 2014.
When asked if there’s another way people can have conversations about sexual harassment other than on social media to find resolution, Franco replied, “The way I live my life—I 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 mean, I think that’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do.”
He then added, “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.”
Watch the video to see the full interview.
This isn’t the first time Franco has been accused of inappropriate behavior.
Back in April 2014, a then-35-year-old Franco admitted to flirting with a 17-year-old Scottish tourist named Lucy Clode via Instagram and text message after their conversations surfaced online. The messages showed Franco trying to initiate a meeting with Clode. He addressed the scandal shortly after the conversations surfaced on the previously-named Live! With Kelly and Michael with co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
He said at the time, “I didn’t want to come on the show and…feel awkward, so uh, yeah. I mean I guess, you know, I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of, you know, how social media is tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today. But what I’ve learned I guess just because I’m new to it it’s like, you don’t know who’s on the other end. You meet somebody in person and you get a feel for them but you don’t know who you’re talking to, and, you know? So I used bad judgment. I learned my lesson.”
Back in December, Franco hosted Saturday Night Live and took part in a skit on sexual harassment called “Sexual Harassment Charlie.” Franco and SNL cast member Kenan Thompson play terminated employees in the sketch, who apologize to their female colleagues, played by SNL cast members Melissa Villaseñor, Cecily Strong and Leslie Jones, for sexually harassing them.