James Franco's Golden Globes win sparks #MeToo controversy

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James Franco’s Golden Globes win didn’t sit right with some women watching at home. As the Disaster Artist star accepted the award for Best Actor wearing a “Time’s Up” pin, an unverified Twitter account attributed to actress Ally Sheedy slammed the actor, implying misconduct.

“Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much,” one tweet read. Another said, “Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo.”

James Franco attends the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)
James Franco attends the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)

A third exclaimed, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”

After gaining traction on Twitter, all three of the tweets were deleted. Yahoo reached out to representatives for both Franco and Sheedy but did not receive a response.

Image: Twitter
Image: Twitter

The Breakfast Club actress worked with Franco on the 2014 off-Broadway play he directed, The Long Shrift. In a New York Times article that summer, Sheedy noted that the pair had never met until that spring while calling him a “beautiful, generous man.” While it’s unclear what — if anything — transpired between the two, Sheedy was not the only one to take issue with Franco’s win.

James Franco and Ally Sheedy are all smiles at the after-party for&nbsp; <em>The Long Shrift</em>&nbsp;on July 13, 2014, in New York City. (Photo: J. Countess/Getty Images)
James Franco and Ally Sheedy are all smiles at the after-party for  The Long Shrift on July 13, 2014, in New York City. (Photo: J. Countess/Getty Images)

Two other women made unverified claims against the actor on Twitter — Franco’s publicist has yet to respond to Yahoo’s request for comment — and many people referenced the 2014 incident when he allegedly tried to pick up an underage girl on social media.

Franco, 35 at the time, pursued the 17-year-old Scottish tourist on Instagram. The flirty exchange was published online by the teenager, who admitted her age in the supposed messages. While they did not meet up, Franco copped to messaging her during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael.

“I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky,” Franco embarrassingly said. “It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”

As usual, Twitter #NeverForgets.

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