If you thought that sexual harassment allegations would fizzle out by the end of the year, honey, you've got a big storm comin. This week, James Franco became the latest target of sexual assault allegations after wearing a pin to the Golden Globes supporting the 'Time's Up' movement, whose mission statement is to fight back against sexual harassment.
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During the awards ceremony, Franco was met with praise and a Best Actor award for his work in The Disaster Artist but, online, the tide was turning against him as multiple women took to Twitter to denounce him. One woman, Violet Paley, tweeted about him being sexually inappropriate towards her and alleged that he tried to meet with her underaged friend, which is a habit he's been caught doing before. In 2014, he admitted to talking to a 17-year-old who was visiting New York with her mom. In that instance, he asked if he should get them a room and, when caught, said that it was a misunderstanding based on his "awkward" social skills.
During the broadcast, actress Sarah Tither-Kaplan also took to Twitter to alleged that Franco exploited her and made her do nudes scenes for very little money in exchange for speaking roles.
Finally, Ally Sheedy also took on the actor's murky past as well, but later deleted her tweets. The actress worked with Franco in the 2014 play The Long Shrift and wrote: "Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much," she wrote, and, "James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business."
It was Sheedy's comments that led to an incredibly awkward exchange last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after Colbert confronted him about the allegations. Franco responded by denying any wrongdoing, stating: "Okay, 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," he said. "She took the tweet down. I don't know. I can't speak for her, I don't know."
He then went on the give a vague message of support to "people coming out and being able to have a voice." Regardless, Franco ultimately said that he wants to be held accountable for his actions despite denying that anything happened. "The way I live my life, I can't live if there's restitution to be made. I will make it," he explained. "So if I've done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I mean, I think that's how that works."