Scarlett Johansson calls out James Franco over the actor's sexual misconduct allegations during an impassioned speech in Los Angeles at the Women's March last Saturday, Jan 20.
In her speech, the Avengers actress reveals how baffled she is at Franco's support for the Time's Up movement even as he allegedly is "preying on people who have no power." With fellow actress Mila Kunis beside her, Johansson also asked for the pin back, referring to the Time's Up pin that Franco sported in the Golden Globes in support of victims of gender inequality.
"How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault, while privately preying on people who have no power?" the 33-year-old actress says. "I want my pin back, by the way."
While no name was mentioned during the speech, Johansson's representative confirmed to People that the actress did mean The Disaster Artist actor and director. Johansson went on to share her own experiences with inequality, particularly personal and professional relationships where she found herself taken advantage of.
Not everyone is happy at the way Johansson slammed her fellow actor onstage, though. On Twitter, a handful of people are pointing out how the actress is calling out Franco yet enjoys a close professional relationship with Woody Allen who has been accused of sexually abusing adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was just 7 years old.
Franco Wins Slew Of Awards Yet Faces Public Backlash For Inappropriate Behavior
Franco, who recently won a Golden Globes award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, came under fire after a number of women called him out on sexual harassment on Twitter. Five women, which included actress Violet Paley, also accused him of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior in a story in Los Angeles Times.
Paley also went on Twitter to share how the actor allegedly tried to force her to do oral sex in the past, adding that he also invited a 17-year-old girl to his hotel.
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 Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
In an appearance at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Franco directly addressed the allegations, denying reports of his sexual misconduct.
"The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice," he states during the interview.
His response to the controversy has been hailed by Ashley Judd, who is one of the first whistleblowers against alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.
In the wake of the allegations, Franco skipped the Critics' Choice Awards where he won the Best Actor award for his work in The Disaster Artist.
A source tells People that the actor is taking the accusations against him very hard.
"He's in a really bad place, so bad that he changed his phone number," the source explains. "His close friends are trying to be there for him but it's been hard - he's only talking to a select group of people. For now, he's just hiding out."
The actor made his first public appearance after the allegations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.