Amid the allegations, Franco was a no-show during the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, when he won the award for Best Actor for his role in The Disaster Artist.
Just days after he won a Golden Globe Award, the women-four of whom say they were students at his film school-claim that Franco demonstrated sexually exploitative or inappropriate behavior against them while serving as their teacher or mentor.
Tither-Kaplan did note that Franco apologised to her in late 2017 following the avalanche of allegations of sexual misconduct that plagued Harvey Weinstein. A fifth woman accused Franco of pressuring her into performing fellatio while the pair were in a relationship two years ago.
On the surface, though, Franco said as close to the right thing as possible: "I remember things differently, but my side of the story is less important than their side of the story".
Franco's attorney, Michael Plonsker, did not respond to a request for comment, but told the Times that the actor disputed all of the women's allegations, directing the newspaper to the star's comments Tuesday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Violet Paley said that during a consensual relationship, Franco once pressured her to perform oral sex in a auto and that the "power dynamic was really off". I personally checked on all the actresses constantly to make sure they were ok and comfortable. "First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy".
Some of the stories in the LA Times piece involve Franco's behavior while teaching acting at various acting schools.
"I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable".
Franco nodded his head slowly and looked at the floor as he listened to Meyers ask the question, and then, speaking solemnly and choosing his words carefully, replied, "There are stories that need to get out".
Actor/director James Franco attended the Golden Globes this week and has since come under fire for his behaviour in the past. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. Will Franco face Oscar punishment or the Hollywood jail imposed on some of his badly-behaved peers? I have total respect for her. Meyers then pressed Franco on why he hadn't reached out to Sheedy "as someone that you've had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?" As part of Tither-Kaplan's experience in the Sex Scenes class, she and her partner created a short film, "Hungry Girl", which shows her topless and was uploaded to the video-sharing website Vimeo.
"I was sent a couple of the tweets". "In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world", he said.