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James Franco Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations During Intense Stephen Colbert Interview

“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.”

James Franco has denied sexual misconduct allegations during a tense Tuesday appearance on “The Late Show.” Over the weekend, multiple women expressed outrage on Twitter after witnessing Franco sporting a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globe awards.

Actors Ally Sheedy, Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan tweeted out that Franco should not be wearing that pin, a symbol to combat gender inequality, because of his alleged mistreatment of women.

Former "Breakfast Club" star Sheedy even tweeted that people like Franco were “why I left the film/tv business.” She later deleted that tweet. According to the New York Times, Tither-Kaplan accused Franco of pressuring her to be naked in shoots for 100 dollars a day.

In light of the allegations, The New York Times canceled a Wednesday event, a screening of “The Disaster Artist,” which Franco stars in and a discussion with the filmmaker and stars.

In a statement, the New York Times stated, “given the controversy surrounding recent allegations” it decided to cancel the event.

Franco told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” that he was not aware of any misconduct.

“First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy,” he told Colbert. “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.”

Franco then began discussing equality in general terms.  

“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.”

Franco did not directly address allegations that he sent text messages to a 17-year-old girl asking for sex in 2014. Colbert also neglected to bring that alleged incident up.

“If there’s restitution to be made, I will make it,” Franco said. “I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off.”

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