Actor James Franco responded to the sexual harassment accusations brought against him by several women, including The Breakfast Club actress Ally Sheedy. “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy”, the Alien star said during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, on Sunday evening.
55-year-old Sheedy, who appeared on the 1985 comedy drama The Breakfast Club alongside Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald, posted a series of cryptic tweets involving James Franco and Christian Slater. One was referring to Franco’s Golden Globe Award, which he received over the weekend and added: “Please never ask me why I left the film/TV business”, implying that he was the reason. Later, she deleted the tweet.
When asked about the matter by Stephen Colbert, the 39-year-old actor and filmmaker replied: “Okay, first of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy”. He explained that the only contact they had was when he directed her in a play off-Broadway. Nothing else. “I had nothing but a great time with her – total respect for her.”He continued: “I have no idea why she was upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know.”
But while Sheedy had a change of heart about sharing in the public arena what her problem with Franco was, a couple of other women did not. Actually, they didn’t even consider being vague about it. Here is what they had posted on Twitter, around the same time.
In fact, Paley added that she was offered an apology from Franco about two weeks ago, an apology she did not accept.
A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone “apology”. I don’t accept, but maybe some other people’s lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from “The Disaster Artist” to @RAINN01.
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 9, 2018
Franco responded to their accusations, too. He called them “not accurate”. But despite that, he says he supports people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t wanna shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing and I support it.”