Seth Rogen has distanced himself from James Franco after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against his longtime friend and frequent collaborator.
The actor, who has remained largely silent on the matter, discussed the relationship with his “Pineapple Express” and “Disaster Artist” teammates in a recent interview with The Sunday Times. Franco was dismissed from his post in 2014 for trying to get a 17-year-old fan back via Instagram DM and faced a sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by two former students of his drama school today missing. Five women, including the two who filed a complaint, accused him in 2018 of inappropriate behavior and sexual exploitation on the set.
“What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and would never cover up or hide the actions of someone who does, or knowingly put someone in a position where they are was with someone like that, ”Rogen told The Times. “However, I think back to a joke I made on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly.
While hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2014, Rogen joked that he impersonated a young girl on Instagram to play a prank on Franco.
In 2018, when asked if he would continue working with Franco after five women came forward, Rogen said that as Franco’s ‘dude’ and friend, his point of view was irrelevant. . He said he would continue to work with him.
“I also think back to that 2018 interview where I said I would continue to work with James, and the truth is I haven’t and have no plans to do that at the moment,” Rogen said. at the Times.
When asked if this had an impact on their friendship, he replied that it did, but that he was unable to say if the personal relationship was over.
“I don’t know if I can define that now in this interview. I can say it, uh, you know, it changed a lot of things in our relationship and our dynamic, ”he said.
While losing that was painful, it was “not as painful and difficult as for a lot of other people involved,” he said. “I have no mercy for myself in this situation.”
A settlement was reached in February in the lawsuit, which alleged that Franco intimidated students at the theater and film school he founded, Studio 4, and made them perform extremely explicit sex scenes in front of the camera. Actors Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal have agreed to drop their individual claims, although elements of the lawsuit may endure. Franco’s lawyers have denied the allegations.
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