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A visibly uncomfortable James Franco appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday night and discussed his continued support of the Time’s Up movement.
“I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they [women and others] need to be part of this conversation,” Franco said of why he wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes. “So I support that.”
It was Franco’s second late-night appearance in a row, having talked with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night about allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against him.
The actor and director came under fire on Twitter on Sunday night with some women finding irony in Franco’s wearing the pin in light of their experiences with him.
Just hours after Franco’s latest late-night stint, the Los Angeles Times published a report with allegations from five actresses who accused the “Disaster Artist” star of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed all claims and directed The Times to the actor’s appearance on Colbert’s show.
“Does it make you look back at all 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?” Meyers asked his guest.
Franco sidestepped the question, declining to reflect on his history.
“I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people who have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much,” Franco said, eyes on the floor ahead of him.
“If I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try to actively refute things, then I will because I believe in it that much,” he concluded.