James Franco Was Accused of Sexual Misconduct During the Golden Globes

Several women shared disturbing allegations against ‘The Disaster Artist’ star as he accepted the award for best performance in a motion picture – musical or comedy.

James Franco

In the midst of the Golden Globes on Sunday, several women accused James Franco of sexual misconduct. Now, The New York Times has canceled a previously scheduled TimesTalk event featuring Franco and his brother, Dave Franco, due to the allegations.

Actress Violet Paley was the first to speak up via Twitter after Franco showed up to the awards show sporting a “Time’s Up” pin. 

“Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco,” Paley wrote. “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 followed up on Tuesday.

“A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone ‘apology,’ she wrote. “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.”

Another actress, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, shared her own unfortunate experience working with the actor.

“Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes,” she wrote,“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!”

She wrote another tweet later in the day.

“Hey James Franco,” she wrote, “now that you have a Golden Globe why don’t you give speaking roles that don’t require nudity in your upcoming films to the dozens of women who have done full nudity + sex scenes in your indie films and art projects?”On Sunday, Franco won the award for best performance in a motion picture – musical or comedy for his performance as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

He has yet to respond to the accusations.

UPDATE: During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Franco denied the allegations against him.

“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,” he said.

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