On Tuesday, the Golden Globes winner stopped by The Late Show, where he chatted with the chat show host about the recent allegations brought against him on Twitter. ICYMI, during Sunday’s telecast of the Globes, actress Ally Sheedy and countless others took to social media to drag James for wearing a Time’s Up pin.
Why?? Well, several people referred to the A-lister’s 2014 attempt to pickup a 17-year-old via the internet. However, a few women added to the conversation by implying that the 39-year-old acted sexually inappropriate with them.
So, obviously, Colbert HAD to ask Franco about the allegations during their visit. On the damning claims, the Freaks & Geeks alum noted:
“I haven’t read them. I’ve heard about them.”
He went on to address The Breakfast Club star’s shade first, seeming baffled by her decision to put him on blast. He continued:
“Okay, first of all, 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… She took the tweet down. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her, I don’t know.”
Taking a tweet down doesn’t mean Ally doesn’t stand by what she said, rather, she might just be afraid of a lawsuit. Just sayin’…
As for the sexual assault accusations, Franco addressed them by suggesting that the women’s accounts “were not accurate.” The filmmaker added:
“The others├óΓé¼┬ª look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. 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 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.”
James is certainly pulling out his best material for this damage control segment. Which makes sense as The New York Times JUST canceled an event which was meant to feature James and his brother, Dave Franco. On why they pulled Wednesday’s slated TimesTalk, the newspaper explained:
“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.”
Since The New York Times has been leading the charges against predatory Hollywood powerhouses, it’s smart that they’ve chosen to distance themselves from James during this scandal.
Regardless, the California native is vehement that he is a genuine supporter of the Time’s Up movement. The industry vet even defended why he chose to wear the campaign’s pin on the Golden Globes red carpet:
“Well, first, I want to say I wore it because I do support it. I was, you know ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ look, I was so excited to win, but being in that room that night was incredible. I mean, it was powerful… There were incredible voices, and I support it. I support change. I support 50/50 and 20/20 which just means, you know, people that are underrepresented, women, and people of color, people in the LGBT community get, you know, positions ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ leadership positions that they fill all positions that they have been deprived of, I completely believe in that.”
Be sure to watch James’ entire sit down with Stephen for yourself (below).
[Image via CBS.]