Ashley Judd Says James Franco's Response to Sexual Harassment Allegations was 'Terrific'

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

"Facing, the actor skipped the Critics' Choice Awards Thursday night, where he won a Best Actor accolade for his work in ".

Franco was awarded the honour on Thursday night, for his role in The Disaster Artist, hours after the Los Angeles Times had published claims by five women that he had been sexually inappropriate.

Actress Sarah Tither-Kaplan told the LA Times that Franco's show of support for the Time's Up movement, founded by powerful women in Hollywood to combat workplace sexual harassment, was a "slap in my face".

James Franco has managed to garner one supporter amid all of his sexual misconduct controversies. "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 that much", he said. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I've heard about them.

In response to criticism that he wore a Time's Up pin to the Golden Globes, where he also won an award for "The Disaster Artist", Franco told Meyers, "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".

If I have done something wrong, I will fix it - I have to.

Response'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' he told Myers

James' attorney, Michael Plonsker, denied all of the claims and directed the reporters to a statement he made on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on the 9th of January.

In response, The New York Times it had scheduled with the actor.

Sopan Deb, the reporter who had been slated to moderate the event Wednesday evening, tweeted that he had asked Franco to respond to the allegations, but the actor refused. The two had been having a consensual relationship, but they'd never engaged in oral sex before he exposed himself, she said. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don't have the answers. To extricate herself from the situation, she told Franco she spotted someone near the auto.

Organisers had billed the event in Santa Monica as being attended by Franco, but after announcing him as the victor, actor Walton Goggins said: "James couldn't be here tonight to accept this, so we will accept it on his behalf".

Former students spoke of an unprofessional culture at Franco's now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a sex scenes class.

"I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable", Tither-Kaplan said.

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