James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct on Twitter After Golden Globe Win

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James Franco attends AFI FEST in November 2017. According to Gawker, Franco sent flirtatious messages to a then–17-year-old Scottish fan, who attended his performance in “Of Mice and Men” on Broadway. Getty Images

Tommy Wiseau and the Golden Globes wrap-it-up music weren't the only things James Franco battled when accepting his Best Actor award on Sunday night. Unbeknownst to the actor, he also experienced a surge of backlash on Twitter while accepting his second Globe (he also won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for James Dean in 2002).

Actress Ally Sheedy, who appeared in Franco's 2014 off-Broadway play, The Long Shrift, asked several times why Franco was allowed at the Golden Globes. "James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business," she wrote. The Breakfast Club star insinuated it was hypocritical of the 39-year-old actor to wear a "Time's Up" button on his all-black ensemble, but she deleted her tweets shortly after posting them.

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Franco, Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards post party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 7. Getty Images

Sheedy wasn't alone. Another woman tweeted a story about Franco assaulting her, and others recalled the time he tried to coerce a teenage girl into visiting his hotel room in 2014.

According to Gawker, Franco sent flirtatious messages via Instagram and iMessage to a then-17-year-old Scottish fan who attended his performance in Of Mice and Men on Broadway. After she took a video of him and posted it to her Instagram account, the then-35-year-old actor allegedly asked her to tag him in it. Once that opened their Instagram DMs, Franco sent rapid-fire messages asking for information about the girl. When she confirmed she was 17, he continued to send messages and asked if he should get a hotel room for them.

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A text screenshot published by Gawker in 2014. Getty Images

Days after the story broke on Gawker, Franco appeared on Live With Kelly and Michael and admitted to trying to arrange a hook-up with the girl, though he didn't explain why he had hit on someone who wasn't of legal age. "In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world," he said.

Bizarrely enough, Franco was in the middle of promoting the Gia Coppola–directed film Palo Alto, based on his own book of short stories. In the film, Franco plays an adult soccer coach in a sexual relationship with one of his underage players (Emma Roberts).

Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?

— Violet (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018

James Franco will be at multiple parties tonight and asked dozens of questions by reporters. Not one will ask him about @allysheedy1 or her Tweets. No one will ask him about the underage girls. No one will ask him about his acting school partner or why they suddenly had to close

— Enty (@entylawyer) January 8, 2018

Hey James Franco, now that you have a Golden Globe why don't you give speaking roles that don't require nudity in your upcoming films to the dozens of women who have done full nudity + sex scenes in your indie films and art projects?

— Sarah Tither-Kaplan (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018

It’s ... rich of James Franco to be wearing a Time’s Up pin 😐

— Doree Shafrir (@doree) January 8, 2018

Neither Sheedy nor Franco responded to requests for a comment.

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