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James Franco TimesTalk Event Canceled

The decision comes two days after several women accused the actor of sexual misconduct on Twitter.

James Franco’s TimesTalk, a public conversation moderated by a New York Times reporter to discuss his latest film, The Disaster Artist, has been canceled. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday. 

The Jan. 10 TimesTalk event at New York City’s Kaufman Music Center was intended to showcase Franco and his brother Dave’s work in their film The Disaster Artist. The decision comes two days after Franco won a Golden Globe for portraying filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, which he also directed.

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. 

Franco was one of the many men in attendance at the Globes who wore a Time’s Up pin, supporting the anti-sexual harassment project spearheaded by Hollywood women including Kathleen Kennedy and Reese Witherspoon.

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