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James Franco Directly Addresses His Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Stephen Colbert asks him about those tweets that called him out during the Golden Globes

UPDATE (1/11/18, 10:15 a.m. E.T.): James Franco has continued the conversation Stephen Colbert started on The Late Show about his sexual misconduct allegations by sharing further thoughts on Late Night with Seth Meyers the following day.

On January 10, Meyers asked Franco about the Time's Up pin he wore on the lapel of his tux at the 2018 Golden Globes, and the social media stir it caused afterwards. Unlike other pin-adorned men that night, Franco's public support of Time's Up sparked accusatory tweets from several women who had an issue with the star and director of The Disaster Artist backing an initiative founded to eradicate behavior that he allegedly perpetrated.

"I was sent a couple of the tweets, so yeah, I did read them," he told Meyers. He noted, in particular, tweets sent and later deleted by actress Ally Sheedy, who worked with him on The Long Shrift, his 2014 off-Broadway theatrical debut. Sheedy tweeted that said that she "left the film/tv business" because of men like him; Franco told Meyers he found Sheedy's tweet "shocking," and said that he had no plans to reach out to her. "I guess I'm just letting it be."

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on January 9, the late night host brought up the tweets, which including Sheedy's and another from an actress who called the on-set interaction she had with him "exploitive." Colbert brought up some of the tweets, and gave Franco the opportunity to discuss Sheedy's comments and the other women's claims about his alleged behavior at work.

"I wanted to ask you about some criticism you got on Golden Globes night, because you were wearing a Time's Up pin," Colbert began. "You got criticized for wearing that. Do you know why, and do you have a response? Do you have anything you want to say about that criticism?"

"First, I want to say that I wore it because I do support it," Franco replied, uncharacteristically stone-faced.

"Look: I was so excited to win, but being in that room that night was incredible. It was powerful. There were incredible voices. I support it. I support change. I support 50/50 in 2020, which just means that people who are underrepresented — women, and people of color, people in the LGBT community — get leadership positions, that they fill all positions that they've been deprived of. I completely believe in that. That's why I wore [the Time's Up pin].

"There were some things on Twitter — yeah, I haven't read them," he continued. "I've heard about them. 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. She took the tweet down; I don't know. I can't speak for her, I don't know. The others? Look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there's something wrong, or needs to be changed. I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard on Twitter are 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. I don't want to shut them down in any way. I think it's a good thing, and I support it."

Colbert continued to ask him about this dialogue, and how it can be productive off of social media. Franco stressed that listening to those who come forward is important — even if he denied these specific claims against him.

"Like I said, 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 think that's how that works. I don't know what else to do. 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, and I'm completely willing, and I want to."


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