The entertainment industry is currently shook with allegations of sexual misconduct. Everyday it seems another male celebrity is swallowed up in the sinkhole. The latest actor to confront allegations? James Franco.
After Franco wore a pin in solidarity with the #Timesup protest at the Golden Globes, where actors wore black to draw attention to the sexual harassment issues plaguing their industry, Franco was called out by several women on Twitter claiming that he was part of the problem.
Actress Ally Sheedy, whom Franco directed in an 0ff-Broadway show, left two cryptic tweets regarding the actor/director on Awards night.
“James Franco just won,” Sheedy Tweeted, “Please never ask me why I left the film/tv industry.” and “Why is James Franco allowed in?”
Sheedy has since deleted the tweets, which Franco pointed out in his interview with late night T.V. Show host, Stephen Colbert.
“First of all I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy… 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,” Franco said.
Two other industry women Tweeted echoing Ally’s allegations of sexual misconduct – Filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan accused Franco of contracting her to perform exploitative nude scenes in two of his movies. Actress Violet Paley tweeted a sexually inappropriate instance she experience with Franco.
“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,” Franco said, “The things that I heard that were on Twitter were 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, so, I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”
Whether or not the allegations against Franco are true, I think we can all agree that there’s a reckoning going on in Hollywood.
Watch the interview below.