10:18pm PT by Lauren Huff
Seth Meyers Grills James Franco Over Sexual Misconduct Claims
For the second night in a row, James Franco is getting pressed on accusations of sexual misconduct. On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Meyers didn't pull any punches, and asked the actor about the claims right off the bat.
When questioned about the accusations, Franco largely echoed what he said during his appearance on Tuesday's The Late Show, in which host Stephen Colbert also pressed him on the issue and his take on the current #MeToo and Time's Up movements. "I did read them, I haven't responded. I think the ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that needs to be had," Franco told Meyers. "There are people and women and others that have not been a part of this conversation, and I truly believe — and [it is] why I was wearing the pin — is that they need to be a part of this conversation. So I support them."
Franco was one of many stars who wore a Time's Up pin in support of sexual harassment and assault awareness at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, which sparked criticism online and a number of claims by women on Twitter that Franco had sexually harassed them. (A Thursday report in the Los Angeles Times detailed more accusations.)
Meyers then asked Franco what he thought of the claims, since deleted, made by Ally Sheedy, who Franco directed in a Broadway play in 2014. "I had a great relationship with her, she took the tweet down. I don't know," Franco said. To which Meyers pressed, "You're not curious enough to reach out to her, as someone that you've had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?"
Franco replied, "It was just so shocking, I don't know. I guess I'm just letting it be."
Meyers also pressed the actor on whether movements like #MeToo and Time's Up make him look back and question any of his past behavior. "I think what I really learned, like I said, there are stories that need to get out, people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that 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. If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in it that much."
Franco is currently busy promoting his new film The Disaster Artist, which he directed and stars in. The film has been nominated for Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice Awards. Franco, alongside brother Dave (who also stars in the film), was scheduled for a New York Times TimesTalk appearance on Wednesday, but it was canceled amid the allegations.
"The event 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 Times representative said Tuesday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.