The Disaster Artist star began by voicing his support for the Time’s Up movement, before directly responding to a vague social media post by Ally Sheedy. The Breakfast Club actress addressed Franco’s Golden Globes win for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy on Sunday in a since-deleted tweet that read, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/TV business.” The two worked together in the 2014 play The Long Shrift.
“There were some things on Twitter. I haven’t read them. I’ve heard about them,” Franco said. “First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I directed her in a play off-Broadway. I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her. I don’t know.”
Franco then addressed more specific accusations. Those include attempting to coerce actress Violet Paley and a friend to perform oral sex on him when she was just 17 years old. Another woman, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, said she was forced to do fully nude scenes in two of Franco’s films after being paid as little as $100 per day.
Addressing them as “the others,” Franco said, “The things that I heard were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice 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.
“The way I live my life, I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made,” he continued. “If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I mean, I think that’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do.”
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