Just two days after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, James Franco is under the microscope as his TimesTalk, a public conversation that was set to be moderated by a New York Times reporter to discuss his latest film, The Disaster Artist, has been canceled.
The talk was intended to showcase Franco and his brother Dave’s work in their film, however, the decision comes after news broke that during the Golden Globes telecast, several women accused Franco of sexual misconduct on Twitter. In one tweet, actress Violet Paley claimed that the actor once forced her to perform oral sex on him, and that he had asked one of her friends to “come to your hotel” when she was 17.
Paley later tweeted that Franco had, several weeks previously, apologized over the phone for past conduct to herself and “a few other girls.”
Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student of Franco’s, also recalled on Twitter what she remembered as an exploitative experience with nude scenes in his films.
The irony comes as Franco was one of the many men in attendance at the Globes who wore a Time’s Up pin. The pin was in support of the anti-sexual harassment project that is being headed by Hollywood women including Kathleen Kennedy and Reese Witherspoon.