James Franco, one of the latest Hollywood celebrities to be accused of sexual misconduct
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
James Franco, one of the latest Hollywood celebrities to be accused of sexual misconduct,addressed the rumors and allegations against him on The Late Show With Stephen ColbertTuesday night, denying everything.
After Colbert confirmed that he’d discussed the issue with Franco backstage first and that Franco was ready to speak, Franco began his statement.
“There were some things on Twitter. I haven’t read them, I’ve heard about them,” he said. “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 there’s something wrong or that needs to be changed; I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard that were 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. It’s, I think, a good thing, and I support it.”
Franco’s reputation was not squeaky clean to begin with. In 2014, a then-35-year-old Franco tried to arrange a hookup with a 17-year-old girl on Instagram. (Said hookup never actually happened.) He later admitted to the incident on Live With Kelly and Michael, saying, “I’m guess I’m, you know, embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. What I’ve learned, because I’m new to this, is just that you don’t know who’s on the other end.” Screencaps of the conversation provided by the girl in question show her informing Franco that she is “nearly 18.”
On The Howard Stern Show, Franco later added, “Seventeen is legal in New York, but that being said, it’s still pretty damn young. … They make it out like I’m pursuing young women. I’m not going to high schools looking for dates. I’m leaving my work and they’re coming there. So, I’m seeing attractive women.”
So when Franco appeared at the Golden Globes on Sunday night wearing a Time’s Up pin, hackles were raised. The sight of Franco being feted amid a large and visible protestagainst the sexist mistreatment of women in Hollywood inspired several women to come forward withnew accusations against him — most prominently actress Violet Paley, who accused Franco of sexual assault on Twitter.