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James Franco Has No Idea What Ally Sheedy's Beef Is with Him and Denies Sexual Harassment
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12 Jan 2018 01:59 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: James Franco (Image Source: Screenshot)

On a night when women were organizing together at the Golden Globe Awards to stare down sexual misconduct and declare that time was up on that old behavior, accusations were thrown out over someone new.

This time, it was James Franco after he took the stage to accept the Best Actor award for his role in The Disaster Artist.

After Franco, who was wearing a "Time's Up" pin, accepted his award, Ally Sheedy tweeted, "James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business."

She followed this up by two more tweets: "Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo," and "Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite lova ya #goldenglobes [75th anniversary emoji]"

These tweets were later deleted.

But Sheedy wasn't the only woman heard from Sunday night.

Violet Paley tweeted, "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?"

She followed this the next day by tweeting, "A couple weeks ago James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone 'apology.' I don't accept, but maybe some other people's lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from 'The Disaster Artist' to @RAINN01," the Twitter handle of the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan chimed in as well with a tweet that read, "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 moves for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!"

After these tweets, the New York Times canceled a planned TimesTalk event with the actor who was scheduled to appear with his brother, Dave Franco.

James Franco was then a guest that night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It had been taped before the Times canceled the event. The host asked his guest about his thoughts on #MeToo and wearing the Times Up pin.

"First, I want to say that I do support it," he replied regarding wearing the pin. "Look, I was so excited to win, but being in that room that night was incredible. It was powerful. I support change."

"I support 50/50 in 2020 which just means people that are underrepresented — women, people of color, people in the LGBT community — get leadership positions, that they fill all positions that they have been deprived of. I completely believe in that. That's why I wore it," he added.

Colbert pressed on and asked about the recent accusations against him.

"There were some things on Twitter. I haven't read them; I've heard about them," answered Franco.

"I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I directed her in a play Off Broadway." Franco replied. "I have total respect for her. She took the tweet down; I can't speak for her."

"The others, look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for what I've done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed. I make it a point to do it," he continued.

"The things I heard are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out because they didn't have a voice for so long. So I don't want to shut them down in any way. I think it's a good thing, and I support it."

Colbert jumped in and asked how these types of situations can be changed, if there was a way the parties involved could come to some sort of reconciliation.

"I mean, like I said, if I, you know, I – I can't – 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," insisted Franco. "I mean, I think that's how that works. I don't know what else — I don't know what else to do. I mean, as far as the bigger issues, you know, how we do it, I — look, I really don't have the answers, and I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen."

He finished the discussion, seemingly sincere: "You know, 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 want to."

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