James Franco responds to sexual misconduct allegations on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Christopher Hooton
Wednesday 10 January 2018 10:07 GMT
James Franco addresses criticism of wearing Time's Up badge

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James Franco has addressed allegations made against him in the wake of the Golden Globes during an interview with Stephen Colbert.

The pair chatted buoyantly about the actor-director's latest movie, The Disaster Artist, which earned him a Best Actor award on Sunday night, before turning to the very serious claims of sexual misconduct that filtered out the next morning after it was asserted by some that Franco wearing a 'Time's Up' pin at the ceremony was hypocritical.

In response to Ally Sheedy's vague tweet about her experience with Franco during off-Broadway production The Long Shrift in 2014, the actor said: "I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her."

As for the detailed accusations made by Violet Paley and Sarah Tither Kaplan, which included alleged attempted forcible oral sex, Franco claimed that things that were out on Twitter were "not accurate", but noted: "I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they haven’t had a voice for so long.

"I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing I support."

He added: "The point is to listen. I am here to listen and learn and change perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to."

It came as Michael Douglas pre-emptively denied sexual misconduct allegations.

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