James Franco Accused Of New Sexual Misconduct Allegations After Golden Globes Win
10 January 2018, 15:32
Many people called him out for hypocrisy for wearing a Time's Up badge on the red carpet.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that last weekend's Golden Globes ceremony was dominated by the Time's Up campaign. And you'll also know that many male celebrities, who were wearing the badges, were called out for not acknowledging the movement on the red carpet or in their speeches.
James Franco was one of them. He won the Golden Globe for 'Best Actor In A Musical or Comedy' on Sunday night (Jan 7) for his performance in the movie, The Disaster Artist. He also took part in the Time's Up campaign at the award show. He wore all black and donned a Time's Up pin badge on the lapel of his suit jacket as he walked the red carpet.
But MANY people on social media called him out for hypocrisy because of his alleged history with the very behaviour that the campaign is actively working against. Some even tweeted new accusations of his sexual misconduct.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
quick ask Franco about the difference between skeezing on undergrads and sexual harassment— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) January 7, 2018
It’s ... rich of James Franco to be wearing a Time’s Up pin 😐— Doree Shafrir (@doree) January 8, 2018
Putting together a short adorable puppy video, but in the meantime…JAMES FRANCO, we’ll need your bs #TIMESUP pin back. Mmmmmk? Thx.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 9, 2018
Actress Ally Sheedy, who Franco directed in the 2014 off-Broadway play The Long Shrift, tweeted and later deleted three tweets questioning Franco's presence at the awards. One of the tweets said: "James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the tv/film business."
Others also brought up the events of 2014 where James Franco began messaging a 17-year-old girl he met outside a theatre on Broadway. The texts included him asking if they could meet up alone and if he should rent a room in the same hotel she was staying in. He later chalked it up to 'bad judgement'.
Whatever I still remember James Franco trying to pick up a teenager on Instagram— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 8, 2018
James Franco admitted to attempting to get a 17 year old to go to his hotel room. Everyone who is saying someone "claimed" that it happened is apparently missing that? He. Admitted. That. He. Did. This. This video is so frikkin cringe. https://t.co/hhH3kuzjkf pic.twitter.com/7h5i6PbpKX— Hank Green (@hankgreen) January 9, 2018
Pretty sure this would be my face too if I was Hugh Jackman losing to James Franco, a gross predator of underaged girls who wore a TIMESUP pin to this stupid event and didn’t even get called out for his hypocrisy by Hollywood 🙄 https://t.co/T1QUTq9CJ5— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) January 8, 2018
After the backlash, Franco appeared on The Late Show and was asked straight up by host Stephen Colbert if he had anything to say in response to the backlash. He did - and it was awkward as FUCK.
In the video, Franco says he has "no idea" what he did to actress Ally Sheedy and that the other allegations made against him on social media "are not accurate."