James Franco's New York event cancelled in wake of 'sexual misconduct' allegations

James Franco recently won Best Actor in Comedy or Musical at Golden Globes 2018. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 10, 2018, 07.21 AM (IST)

What seemed to start like a good year for Hollywood actor James Franco as he recently won Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical on January 8 is turning into a nightmare with him getting mired in a sexual misconduct controversy. 

During the telecast of Golden Globes, several women accused James of sexual misconduct on Twitter.

Owing to these allegations, the New York Times cancelled James Franco's Times Talk -- a public conversation moderated by the newspaper -- discussing his successful stint with the latest film "The Disaster Artist".

The talk was originally scheduled for today at New York City's Kaufman Music Center. It was intended to showcase James and his brother Dave's work in their film together as well as "their familial bond, behind–the–scenes antics, and how there is more than one way to become a legend" according to the official event page. 

In a statement, a representative of the newspaper announced: "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 Golden Globes was on, several Twitteratis pressed sexual harassment charges against the actor. 

In one tweet, actress Violet Paley claimed that James 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.

She later tweeted that the actor had several weeks previously apologized over the phone for past conduct to her and "a few other girls."

Another girl, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student of James', also tweeted what she remembered as an exploitative experience with nude scenes in his films. 

Taking a firm stand on these allegations, the newspaper decided to cancel the scheduled event.

The decision came two days after James won a Golden Globe for portraying filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in "The Disaster Artist", which he also directed.

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