James Franco Photoshopped Out Of ‘Vanity Fair’ Cover After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Vanity Fair has decided to photoshop James Franco out of its 2018 Hollywood Isse cover following sexual assault allegations against the actor by several women.
“We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,” a Vanity Fair spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
Vanity Fair released its first annual Hollywood Issue in 1995, and since then, it has featured the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. This year’s issue includes Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Claire Foy, Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, Harrison Ford, Gal Gadot, Robert De Niro and Graydon Carter, the magazine’s outgoing editor-in-chief of 25 years.
Franco’s removal from Vanity Fair cover coincides with the issue’s highlighting of the #MeToo movement and the inclusion of several stars, like Winfrey, Witherspoon and Zendaya, who have spoken out about the Time’s Up Now movement.
Actresses Violet Paley, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Ally Sheedy each accused The Disaster Artist star of sexual misconduct on Twitter.
“Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?” Paley tweeted.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
After the allegations, other celebrities, like Scarlett Johansson, criticized Franco for wearing a Time’s Up pin.
On The Late Show, Franco told Stephen Colbert he didn’t read the Twitter statements against him, though he had heard about them. He said he did not know what he had done to Sheedy, who took down her tweet, and he refuted the other accusations.
“The things that I heard were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long, so I don’t want to, I don’t want to shut them down in any way,” Franco said.