Seth Rogen says he will work with James Franco despite sexual harassment allegations
Five months since the explosive claims sent shockwaves through the industry, and after Franco himself addressed the accusations, his buddy Rogen has spoken out on the issue
In not so many words, comedian Seth Rogen took a strong stand for his long-time friend and fellow actor James Franco as he finally addressed the sexual harassment accusations leveled against the 40-year-old star.
Franco was accused of sexually exploitative behavior by five of his acting students. In the catalog of complaints, the women had alleged that the Oscar-nominated actor would often misuse his power as a mentor and that in one instance had allegedly exposed one of his students by removing the covers during the filming of an oral sex scene.
Five months since the explosive claims sent shockwaves through the industry, and after Franco himself addressed the accusations, his buddy Rogen has spoken out on the issue.
"The truth is that my perspective on this is the least relevant perspective. I’m friends with these people and I’m a dude. All that combined makes me the last person who should be talking about this,” the 36-year-old Knocked Up actor said, addressing the wild allegations in a recent interview with the Vulture.
Having said so, the actor made his stance perfectly clear as he replied in a "yes" when asked if he would be working with Franco in the future. The two have collaborated on multiple, successful films in their career including The Interview, Sausage Party, Pineapple Express and more.
During the interview, Rogen also touched upon the topic of #MeToo, the anti-harassment movement that sparked an avalanche of similar efforts aimed at raising awareness and exposing the sexual predators in the entertainment and related industries.
He simply said, "There are so many people with real things to contribute to the #MeToo discussion that anything I say is not going to add anything useful."
This comes after The 127 Hours star had infamously addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct during his appearance on the Late Night with Seth Meyers. Explaining his side of the story, Franco had maintained that he won't be "actively" refuting the claims.
“There are people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say, just because I believe in it that much,” he had said adding, “So if I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much.”