Actor and director James Franco responded Tuesday to sexual misconduct allegations recently leveled against him by several women, describing them as “not accurate,” but adding that if he had done something wrong he would “fix it.”
Appearing on “The Late Show” on CBS, the Golden Globe winner was asked by host Stephen Colbert about accusations posted on Twitter by filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan and actresses Ally Sheedy and Violet Paley.
“I have no idea what I did to Ally,” said Franco. “I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset.”
“I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being,” he continued. “I do it whenever I know there’s something that needs to be changed. The things that I heard that they wrote 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.”
When Colbert pressed him, Franco said he was willing to take responsibility should the need arise. “If there is restitution to be made, I’ll make it,” he said. “If I’ve done something wrong, I’ll fix it. I have to. I think that’s how that works. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off.”
Colbert, to his credit, asked James Franco about accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse that were posted on Twitter during the Golden Globes on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/KDITwoJi4w
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The fallout of the accusations against Franco was felt earlier in the day, when The New York Times canceled a public event with him. The TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday was intended to feature “The Disaster Artist” director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the film with a Times reporter.
The Times said in a statement that it was canceling “given the controversy surrounding recent allegations.”
On Sunday night, Franco, who is Jewish, was awarded the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture for his portrayal of director Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist,” a semi-fictional retelling of Wiseau’s 2003 film “The Room,” popularly known as “the worst movie ever made.”
After Franco received the award, actress Sheedy published several since-deleted tweets, one of which said, “James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
Actress Paley accused him of sexually assaulting her and of inviting her 17-year-old friend to his hotel. She also mentioned a previous incident in 2014 in which screen captures appeared to show Franco flirting with an “almost 18-year-old” girl on social media, offering to get a room for both of them. At the time, he called the situation “embarrassing” and apologized for his “bad judgment.”
Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this report.