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James Franco TimesTalk Cancelled After Women Accuse “The Disaster Artist” Star of Sexual Harassment

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A TimesTalk devoted to “The Disaster Artist” — featuring the film’s writer-director-star James Franco and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco — has been cancelled with one day’s notice.

The Times provided the following statement to IndieWire: “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.”

IndieWire reached out to James Franco’s representatives for comment and clarity; they have yet to respond.

James Franco won the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe on January 7 for his performance in the film. He attended the Beverly Hills ceremony dressed in black and wearing a “Time’s Up” pin, referencing the legal aid initiative founded by women in Hollywood (including Natalie Portman, Shonda Rhimes, and Reese Witherspoon) for victims of sexual misconduct. During the telecast, multiple women tweeted sexual harassment allegations against the filmmaker and actor, who is also a cast member and producer of HBO’s “The Deuce.”

One of Franco’s accusers is “The Breakfast Club Actress” Ally Sheedy, who James Franco directed in an off-Broadway production of “The Long Shrift” in 2014.  Sheedy mentioned Franco in three now-deleted tweets during the Golden Globes telecast; the first read, “James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business.” Another Twitter user, Violet Paley, was more direct in addressing harassment she has allegedly experienced from the star:

As was his former acting student, Sarah Tither-Kaplan:

The TimesTalk was to be moderated by Times culture writer Sopan Deb at the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on January 10.

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