Stephen Colbert Grills James Franco on Sexual Assault Allegations in Tense Interview

To his credit, Colbert didn't back down.

After James Franco wore a #TimesUp pin during his Golden Globes win on Sunday night, Twitter seemed to ignite with accusations of sexual misconduct—stemming from now-deleted tweets from Ally Sheedy in which she used the #MeToo hashtag and wrote, "Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much," and, "James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business."

To his credit, Stephen Colbert didn't shy away from asking Franco about what was going on during an interview, and Franco denied knowing what Sheedy was referring to.

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James Franco and Ally Sheedy at the after party for The Long Shrift’s opening night in 2014.

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"There were some things on Twitter. I haven’t read them. I’ve heard about them," the actor said. "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."


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In regards to other accusatory tweets, Franco said, "The others, 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."

Later in the conversation, he added, "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."


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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.