Seth Meyers grills James Franco about alleged sexual misconduct
Seth Meyers confronted James Franco about Ali Sheedy’s cryptic tweets as the actor fielded uncomfortable questions about his alleged sexual misconduct for the second night in a row.
After Franco received the Golden Globe for his acting in “The Disaster Artist” on Sunday night, Shedy tweeted, “James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
“The Breakfast Club” actress, who also wrote, “Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya # goldenglobes,” later deleted the tweets.
When Franco appeared on “The Late Show with Colbert” on Tuesday night, he said, “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 and I have total respect for her.”
Meyers pressed Franco about his response on Wednesday night, asking, “You’re not curious enough to reach out to her, as someone that you’ve had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?”
Sheedy, who appeared in a play Franco directed in 2014, tweeted, “James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
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Franco said, “I don’t know, it was just so shocking, I don’t know. I guess I’m just letting it be.”
Franco was also accused of sexually assaulting actress Violet Paley, who said he once tried to lure her 17-year-old friend to his hotel room.
“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?” Paley wrote on Twitter.
Two days later, Paley tweeted that Franco called to apologize weeks before she penned her initial tweet.
Violet Paley is one of the women who have accused actor James Franco of inappropriate behavior. Credit – Twitter
Sarah Tither Kaplan, a former student at Franco’s acting school, also highlighted the “Time’s Up” pin Franco wore in support of the new initiative on Sunday.
“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!” Kaplan wrote.
On Wednesday, Franco responded to the other allegations and echoed the defense he gave to Colbert.
“I did read [the tweets], I haven’t responded. I think, well, the ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things that I’ve learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had,” Franco said.
Actress Violet Paley tweeted on Tuesday saying Franco called to apologize weeks before she penned her initial tweet.
“There are people, women and others, who have not been a part of this conversation. And I truly believe — and why I was wearing the pin, is that they need to be a part of this conversation, and so I support that.”
When Meyers asked whether the groundswell of accusations made him reevaluate and question his past behavior, Franco said, “I have my own side of this story but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much.”
“If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in it that much,” he said.