On Sunday, James Franco received one of Hollywood’s top prizes at the Golden Globes. Franco has had an untraditional career as he has been a bankable leading man, eccentric auteur, and an Ivy League academic.
However though, after collecting his prize, five women came out accusing him of behavior they found to be sexually exploitive and inappropriate. Sarah Tither-Kaplan was a former student at a film school that Franco had funded. She said that the moment was like “A slap in the face”. Tither-Kaplan was one of the many women who came out with these allegations on twitter after Franco got the award. Some of these women tweeted in protest with a hashtag saying #TimesUp. Tither-Kaplan also stated that “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable.”
Two other actresses also stated that they had experienced uncomfortable on set experiences. They both said that after no women agreed to become topless Franco became angry on the set. In 2014 Franco also attracted attention to himself when he used Instagram to message a 17 year old girl he had met outside of a New York theatre. He had asked her if she had a boyfriend and if she was 18. After learning that the girl was only 17 years old he still asked what the name of her hotel was and if he could rent a room there as well. After this incident Franco apologized saying that he was embarrassed and he has been an example of how social media can be tricky.
Following these allegations, Franco denied them and said that they are not accurate. He also stated that, “Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done,” Franco told Colbert. “I have to do that to maintain my well being. 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.
“If I have done something wrong,” he continued, “I will fix it — I have to.”