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James Franco Breaks His Lengthy Silence on Misconduct Allegations, Says He Battled Sex Addiction, Admits to Sleeping with Students

James Franco Breaks His Lengthy Silence on Misconduct Allegations, Says He Battled Sex Addiction, Admits to Sleeping with Students

For the first time in years, James Franco is sitting down to extensively speak about the allegations of misconduct that were leveled against him over the past few years. He previously did speak out about the allegations in a 2018 late night appearance, but has remained relatively quiet on the topic since.

Now, James is explaining why he remained so silent for years, plus, is saying he battled a sex addiction and has been in recovery since 2016.

Click inside to read everything James Franco shared…

During his appearance on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Podcast, James was asked, “Why did you wanna sit down today? Tell me a little bit more about that.”

He responded, “Well, in 2018, um, there were some complaints about me and an article about me and, um, at that moment I just thought I’m gonna be quiet. I’m gonna be, I’m gonna pause. Did not seem like the right time to say anything. There were people that were upset with me and I needed to listen. There’s a writer…Damon Young and he talked about, you know, when something like this happens, like the natural human instinct is to just make it stop. You just want to get out in front of it and whatever you have to do apologize, you know, get it done. But what that doesn’t do is allow you to do the, the work to, and, and to look at what was underneath, like, whatever you did, even if it was a gaff or you said something wrong or whatever, there’s probably an iceberg underneath that, of behavior, of patterning, of just being blind to yourself that isn’t gonna just be solved overnight. So I’ve just been doing a lot of work. And I guess I’m pretty confident in saying like, four years, you know? And, I was in recovery before, you know, for substance abuse. And, there were some issues that I had to deal with that were also related to addiction. And so I’ve, I’ve really used my, my recovery background to kind of start examining this and, and changing who I was.”

Then, he spoke extensively about his acting school, saying, “The stupidest thing I did, or one of the stupidest things I did at the school was I called one of my classes, a masterclass ‘Sex Scenes.’ It was not about sex scenes. I was not teaching people how to do sex scenes or intimate scenes or anything of that nature. It was a provocative title. You know, there’s a, there’s a show on, that was just on called The Chair about academia. And in it like the cool teacher, female teacher that everybody wants to take her class, her, she has a class called something like Sex and American Literature or something like that, to be provocative and cool, but like they’re reading Melville, in the class, that’s basically what I was doing. It should have been called, you know, Contemporary Romance or something like that. It was a class where they did scenes about whatever their romance is, you know, what they go through as young people. So meeting people on, you know, dating apps or breakups, or, you know, just a bad date, stuff like that. That’s what was being done in that class. It was not sex scenes.”

Jess Cagle then asked, “When the lawsuit was filed, the, the plaintiff’s attorneys said, this is their assessment of what happened. ‘He was looking to create a pipeline that, James Franco was looking to create a pipeline of young women who would be subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education.’ That’s obviously very different than what you just told me, but how, why would someone have at least that perception and why would they accuse you of that?”

James responded, “Look, I’ll admit I did sleep with students. I didn’t sleep with anybody in that particular class. But, over the course of my teaching, I did sleep with students and that was wrong. But like I said, I, it’s not why I started the school and I, I didn’t, I wasn’t the person that selected the people to be in the class. So it wasn’t a master plan on my part. But yes, there were certain instances where, you know what I was in a consensual thing with, with a student and I shouldn’t have been.”

James also spoke about being a sex addict and being in recovery since 2016. “It’s such a powerful drug. And I, I got hooked on it for 20 more years. And the insidious part of that is that I stayed sober from alcohol all that time. So, and I went to meetings, you know, all that time. I even tried to, you know, sponsor other people. And so in my head, it was like, ‘oh, I’m sober. I’m living a spiritual life.’ Where on the side, I’m acting out now in all these other ways. And I couldn’t see it. And, even my sponsor was like, you know, who’s happily married. He was like, ‘look, whatever happens,’ but, you know, cause I’d had girlfriends. I could never be faithful to anybody. So I cheated. I cheated on everyone before Isabel and he’s like, ‘look, the cheating is dishonest. I don’t think that’s good for your sobriety, but if you’re not dating someone and you wanna go and hook up, like whatever happens between two consenting adults is fine.’ Like that’s what he said. The problem was. I took that and I ran with it and used it as an excuse to, you know, just hook up all over the place. And it was like, well, we’re being honest here. Right? And like you said, like I completely blind to power dynamics or anything like that, but also completely blind to people’s feelings. I didn’t wanna hurt people. And I, in fact, I wasn’t like really a one night stand guy. Like people that I, you know, got together with or dated, like I’d see them for a long time, years. It’s just that I couldn’t be present for any of them. And the behavior spun out to a point where it was like I was hurting everybody.”

James‘ frequent collaborator Seth Rogen was asked about if he’d work with James again amid all these allegations.

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