New York Times Cancels James Franco Interview Due to 'Controversy Surrounding Recent Allegations'

Photo: AP
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James Franco, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist on Sunday, had a decidedly less ennobled time this Tuesday as the New York Times announced it would be canceling its TimesTalk with the actor.

The talk, which would have been public and moderated by a Times reporter, was scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

A Times representative told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, “The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, The Disaster Artist. Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein.”


While the Globes were being aired on Sunday, several women took to Twitter to accuse Franco of sexual misconduct. Violet Paley claimed Franco once physically tried to coerce her into performing oral sex; then she implied that more inappropriate sexual encounters had occurred with other women.


Franco wore a Times’s Up pin to the Globes, demonstrating a great willingness to poke tiny holes in his nice suit.

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After a lightweight start to the interview (even bringing brother Dave for a couple minutes)... at the end Colbert went there and asked Franco about the sexual misconducts that came out about him during the Golden Globes. Franco denied everything (“they are not accurate”). Threw Ally Sheedy under a bus (“I don’t know what I ever did to her”). Started to sweat. Didn’t look happy at all. I don’t think we’ll see Franco n Colbert for a while...good, Colbert, good.