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James Franco has denied accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against him on social media, telling Stephen Colbert that the claims he’s heard of “are not accurate.”
Even as a New York Times event featuring him and his brother Wednesday was canceled due to the controversy surrounding the allegations, the star of “The Disaster Artist” said Tuesday night, “First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy.”
Sheedy, on an unverified Twitter account, questioned why Franco was “allowed in” at the Golden Globes. The actress threw a #MeToo tag on a comment about Franco and Christian Slater, then after Franco won for best actor in a musical or comedy, she tweeted: “Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
On Tuesday night’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Franco said of 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.”
The Sunday night tweets did come down, but they were captured via screen grab by Vanity Fair and other outlets.
Regarding other accusations of sexual misconduct tweeted by actresses Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan, Franco said, “The things that I heard that 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.”
A rep for the New York Times told the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that the canceled TimesTalk “was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, ‘The Disaster Artist.’ Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we're no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein.”
A Franco rep did not immediately respond to a request for further comment about Paley’s and Tither-Kaplan’s allegations.