James Franco has become the latest man in Hollywood to become the center of sexual misconduct allegations but HBO, who is the premium cable network airing his series The Deuce, have been given no reason to chime in on the latest chatter.
Franco stars on and executive produces the HBO series which was renewed for a second season weeks after its premiere. HBO released a short but firm statement about the atmosphere on the set:
“We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on The Deuce production”
The firestorm against Franco began on Sunday when he won Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in The Disaster Artist at the Golden Globes… Shortly after his win, actress Ally Sheedy sent out a vague tweet about Franco’s behavior in the past. The two worked together on the 2014 off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift. This was then followed by a more direct accusation from Violet Paley which accused the actor of forcing her head down to perform oral sex on him and wanting her to invite a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room.
Franco addressed the allegations during his appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday and said he was aware of what Ally Sheedy had said:
“I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her.”
In regards to the other tweets, Franco had this to say:
“In my life, I pride myself in taking responsibility for things I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever something needs to be changed.”
He also went on to say the tweets were “not accurate” but also voiced his support for the Time’s Up Initiative to fight gender inequality:
“I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they haven’t had a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing I support.”
Whether this will affect his Oscar chances as we head to the end of awards season has yet to be seen. He’s one of the front-runners to earn a nomination in the lead actor category but the latest accusations could scare Academy voters away from throwing his name into the mix.