The Hammer drops on Aziz Ansari and James Franco
Since the Golden Globe Awards on January 7th, two new actors are being faced with reports of sexual misconduct. James Franco and Aziz Ansari, both actors, have been accused of inappropriate behavior and unwanted sexual advances. Several women have come forward saying that James Franco sexually exploited them or behaved inappropriately.
Mr. Franco was at the Golden Globe awards wearing a Time’s Up pin on his suit to show support for women who have gone through the ongoing problem of sexual harassment or assault. His accusers were tweeting during and after the Golden Globe Awards, stating how ironic it was that Franco was wearing a Time’s Up pin. In a series of since-deleted tweets, actress Violet Paley tweeted: “Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car and exposed your p***s & that time you told my friend to come to your hotel room when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17-year-old?” Paley also said to the L.A. Times that during the interaction, she became extremely nervous and how the power dynamic was very off.
In a story published by the website Babe, an anonymous 23-year old photographer described her meeting with Ansari at an after party of the Emmy Awards in September. The two exchanged numbers at the party and then went out to dinner about a week later. Afterwards, the two went back to Ansari’s apartment where she said she was repeatedly “pressured” by Ansari to have intercourse, which they did not. The woman told Babe that she gave him verbal and very non-verbal cues that she did not feel comfortable and that she was distressed in the moment. “I cried the whole ride home. At that point, I felt violated.” The woman said after she saw Aziz win a Golden Globe award earlier this month, the woman said she felt compelled to share her story of what happened to her back in September.
Since the allegations, Franco and Ansari have both responded. Franco was on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” recently, and he awkwardly addressed the accusations against him. “If I have done something wrong , I will fix it – I have to.” He says he remembers the situations differently. After the Babe story came out, Ansari said that he “took her words to heart” at the time and reached out to her privately.