Scarlett Johansson stepped up to the podium in Los Angeles to address her own experiences as a young women-and, it turns out, to call out James Franco, who, in sharp contrast with his public support of the Time's Up movement, has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Several of Franco's accusers surfaced when he appeared at the Golden Globes wearing a "Times Up" pin to stand with those accusing famous men in Hollywood of sexual misconduct.
During her speech at the Women's March in Los Angeles, the actress voiced her concerns. Johansson, it seems, believes the accusers.
"With so much silence being broken by so many courageous people against so many high profile people, I felt it was important to add my story to theirs because it's something I've struggled with for a long time and it was ... it was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting", she said. Last year, Casey Affleck won Best Actor amidst a conversation about his own impropriety, but that was an entire #MeToo movement ago.
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While Johansson did not specifically mention Franco's name during the speech, a representative of the actress confirmed to the LA Times that she was talking about James Franco. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business. Johansson's speech has been questioned in respect to her 2014 comments on accused sexual abuser Woody Allen, in which she said the incredibly detailed and serious allegations against the director were "all guesswork".
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor said the claims made against him were "not accurate" and said he completely supports "people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long". If I've done something wrong, I will fix it. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don't have the answers. I am here to listen and learn and change perspective where it's off.
I hate when people say this, but my wig really has been aggressively removed from my head. "There are people that need to be heard".
"No more pandering. No more feeling guilty about hurting someone's feelings when something doesn't feel right for me", she said.
Franco's attorney Michael Plonsker disputed all the allegations made in the L.A. Times piece.