New York Times Cancels James Franco Panel Event the Night Before It Was Scheduled

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The New York Times has cancelled its TimesTalks event with James and Dave Franco, according to the event’s web page.

The event, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday at the Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan, would have been a Q&A with the filmmaking brothers about their latest film, “The Disaster Artist,” which won James Franco a Golden Globe on Sunday for his performance as “The Room” director Tommy Wiseau.

The cancellation comes two days after several women on Twitter accused Franco of sexual misconduct during the awards ceremony. Actress Violet Paley responded to Franco’s win with a tweet accusing him of forcing her to perform oral sex on him and that he asked one of her friends to come to a hotel he was staying at when she was 17.

In a follow-up tweet, Paley claimed that Franco made phone calls several weeks ago to apologize for his behavior towards her and “a few other girls.” Filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan also accused Franco of misconduct, saying that the director had her do nude scenes in two of his films for $100 a day, and that he later told her that this wasn’t exploitative because she signed a contract to do it.

In both tweets, Paley and Tither-Kaplan noted that Franco, like many attendees at the Golden Globes, was wearing a pin supporting Time’s Up, a new anti-harassment movement aimed at stopping sexual misconduct in harassment both inside and outside of Hollywood.

Representatives for Franco did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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