James Franco Skips Critics' Choice Awards Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

For actor and filmmaker James Franco, Sunday's Golden Globes victory for his performance in "The Disaster Artist" was meant to propel him into Hollywood's annual awards season with a shot at an Oscar nomination this month.

The pin was worn by actors who support Hollywood's sexual harassment initiative Time's Up, which is created to pool funds together for those affected by harassment inside and outside of the industry.

In 2014, Franco admitted to having flirted with a 17-year-old girl on Instagram and offered to rent a hotel room so the two could meet, after the girl posted photos of their exchange on the Internet.

Before moving on to the lighter fare at hand (Franco's movie), Meyers asked Franco to reflect, "Does this Time's Up movement and this moment we're having right now, does it make you look back and question any of your behavior in the past, based on this new perspective we're getting on how women have perceived things for so long?" She said he was initially a "good friend and mentor", then the relationship became "romantic".

After defending himself on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" this week against accusations of inappropriate behavior toward women, Golden Globe victor James Franco is now facing a report from the Los Angeles Times noting that five separate women have accused him of "exploitative" behavior. "I haven't responded", he said.

All of the women - Hilary Dusome, Natalie Chmiel and Katie Ryan - were former acting students of the star.

Franco also addressed the claims in an interview with Stephen Colbert the previous night, telling the late-night host he "completely support [s] people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long". She accused the actor, with whom she shared a consensual romantic and sexual relationship, of exposing his penis and pressuring her for oral sex while they were in a auto.

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"I want to give him credit for at least being open to communicating with me", she said.

"I felt really off about it, and I got really upset..." Four of the accusers are Francos former acting students.

Violet Paley also alledges that Franco forced her to perform a sex act on him when she was clearly uncomfortable.

"I just didn't want him to hate me, so I did it", she told the Times referring to her complaint.

"If I have done something wrong", he said, "I will fix it - I have to". On "Live with Kelly and Michael", Franco said, "I'm embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky. I have no idea why she was upset". She says the video was uploaded to Vimeo by the school and has since appeared on porn sites. According to a screenshot of the now-deleted tweets, Sheedy asked why Franco had been "allowed in" to the ceremony and after his win, tweeted, "Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business". "I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson", the actor said then.

The Times reported two other women on the shoot recalled negative experiences and that Franco allegedly got angry when actresses refused to go topless in scenes.

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