James Franco Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations, Says They're 'Not Accurate'

Joann Johnston
January 10, 2018

Franco has not publicly responded to the allegations, however he has previously admitted to soliciting a 17-year-old girl via Instagram DM's.

Unlike a lot of the alleged sexual predators of recent note, James Franco comes from a close knit, solid nuclear family. The two worked together on the 2014 off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift. I thought it was unsuual for Franco, who is usually very generous to other actors.

On Twitter, Franco was accused of misconduct by actor Violet Paley, who wrote, "Remember the time you pushed my head down in a auto towards your exposed p***s and that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?"

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a one of Franco's former students, also took to Twitter to state she was once paid $100 a day to appear fully nude in one of his projects - a deal that Tither-Kaplan said was exploitative, due to the huge power imbalance between the two parties.

Like other attendees, Franco wore a Time's Up pin to the Golden Globes ceremony, prompting some women to come forward on Twitter claiming that Franco had sexually harassed them. Ally Sheedy, best known for her role in The Breakfast Club, sent a series of tweets during the awards show. She took the tweet down, I don't know. But there is nothing in her tweet that indicated she was referring to that experience. "After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?" she wrote on Twitter. "Times up on that!" she wrote.

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"Like I said, if I- the way I live my life, I can't live if there is restitution to be made, I will make it", Franco said.

"There were some things on Twitter, I haven't read them".

Sheedy said that she was volunteering at the famed LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan when Franco came in to speak with the students while he was appearing on Broadway. I have to. I don't know what else to do.

"And if I do say "no" to an offer, or even try to negotiate for myself, I risk getting labelled as 'difficult, ' 'ungrateful, ' a 'diva, ' and never getting another opportunity again", she added. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don't have the answers. I'm here to listen and learn, and change my perspective where it's off.

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