In a weird confession about his past crimes, while appearing on a recent episode for Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Podcast, James Franco talked about his past collaborators and sex addiction. The actor was accused of sexual exploitation and misconduct by five women in 2018, two of which sued him in 2019 for “creating a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education”, while they were working at his acting school ‘Studio 4’.
In July 2019, James Franco settled the lawsuit with $2.2 million. Franco has not really found himself at the receiving end of any backlash since, but the friend collaborator that worked with him in several projects, Seth Rogen recently came clear about his position on Franco.
In his first interview after the allegations in 2018, Seth Rogen told Vulture in a profile that he will continue to work with James Franco as his long-time collaborator. However, this May, just before his memoir came out, Seth Rogen in an interview to The Times said, “I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.”
Franco in his response regarding Rogen’s comment said he was hurt but he understood the stance. “He had to answer for me and I don’t want that. And so that’s why, it’s one of the main reasons I wanted to talk to you today is I just, I don’t want Seth or my brother or anyone to have to answer for me anymore,” said James Franco adding that he loves Rogen but, “Of course it was hurtful, you know, in context, but I get it, you know, he had to answer for me cause I was silent.”
About explanations regarding the allegations that he also settled for, Franco for the first time accepted the problematic and exploitative acts he was accused of. James Franco said he felt “blind to power dynamics” because he felt the people he was being inappropriate to, were “consenting adults.”
Franco cited his substance abuse issues on top of his 20 years long sex addiction for his inappropriate behavior and why he felt it was okay at the time. “’I had girlfriends. I could never be faithful to anybody. I cheated on everyone before Isabel,” adding that, “I was in recovery before, for substance abuse. And there were some issues that I had to deal with that were also related to addiction. And so I’ve really used my recovery background to kind of start examining this and changing who I was.”