James Franco responds to sexual misconduct claims following Golden Globe win

NEW YORK — The New York Times has canceled a public event with James Franco days after the Golden Globe winner was accused of sexual misconduct.

The TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday was intended to feature “The Disaster Artist” director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the film with a Times reporter.

The Times said in a statement that “given the controversy surrounding recent allegations” it was canceling the event.

Franco was in attendance at Tuesday’s National Board of Review Awards gala in New York City to present his film’s adapted screenplay award. He did not comment on the allegations. An email seeking comment from his publicist was not immediately returned.

Actress Violet Paley and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan have recently accused Franco on Twitter of earlier instances of sexual misconduct.

“The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy also called out Franco on Twitter, with three tweets implying that something inappropriate happened between them in the past. Franco directed Sheedy in an off-Broadway play back in 2014.

The tweets, that have since been deleted, read:

“James Franco just won. Please never ask my why I left the film/TV business.”

“Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on Golden Globes. #MeToo”

“Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite…love ya.”

Later during an appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert questioned Franco about the allegations. Franco said that the things he’s heard about on Twitter are not accurate but he supports people coming out and having a voice.

When asked by Colbert about how to come to some sense of the truth so that there can be a possible reconciliation between the people who have different views, Franco said that if he’s done something wrong he will fix it. “I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off, and I’m completely willing and want to,” he said.