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James Franco Denies Everything After Sexual Assault Allegations Are Made Against Him

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James Franco has addressed the sexual assault allegations made against him following the 2018 Golden Globes. After sporting a Time’s Up pin, several women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against The Disaster Artist filmmaker. During an appearance on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert asked him about the accusations made by filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan and actresses Ally Sheedy and Violet Paley. James denied them, stating the claims are “not accurate.”

“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,” he told the late-night host. “She took the tweet down. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her, I don’t know.”

Ally called out James on Sunday after he won a Golden Globe for The Disaster Artist. “Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much,” she wrote in now-deleted tweets. “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.” Then, Violet posted several of her own tweets, accusing James of sexually assaulting her and of inviting her 17-year-old friend to his hotel.

Sarah also shared her story on Twitter, writing:

James went on to say that he prides himself on taking responsibility for things that he’s done wrong. Therefore, he said he’s ready to “fix” whatever it is that needs fixing.

“I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it,” the Freaks and Geeks alum continued. “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, you know, shut them down in any way. It’s, I think, a good thing and I support it.”

“The way I live my life, I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. I will make it. So if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I mean, I think that’s how that works,” he added. “There were incredible people talking that night. They had a lot to say, and I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off, and I’m completely willing and want to.”

Watch his interview below. At one point, things do get a little awkward while Stephen presses James for answers. However, anyone who has been accused of sexual assault should be ready to face the tough questions – no matter who they are or how many awards they’ve won.

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