Hollywood 2017: N.Y. Times Cancels Event for James (Disaster Artist) Franco

A N.Y. Times event for James Franco, who won best actor Golden Globe Sunday, has been canceled, two days after he was accused on social media of sexual misconduct.

The TimesTalk event planned for Wednesday in New York would have featured Franco, and younger brother Dave, who both starred in The Disaster Artist, the film that earned him a Globe.

“The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of The Disaster Artist. Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein,” the New York Times said in an emailed statement.

Franco on Sunday followed the lead of many actors who wore pins pledging their support for the Time’s Up movement, a campaign to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The events at the Golden Globes, however, seemed to prompt a few women to accuse Franco on Twitter of inappropriate behavior.

She wrote that Franco had called to offer an “an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone ‘apology.’”

She added: “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,” a nonprofit group that supports survivors of sexual abuse.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former student of Franco, accused the star of exploiting her in a film she made for him. “Remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!” she tweeted. “I 100% did not feel like I had a choice to say no.”

 

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