Actor and filmmaker James Franco who has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least five women gave Critics' Choice Awards a miss.
He won the Best Actor Award for his role in The Disaster Artist.
According to an international daily's report, five women went on record to accuse Franco of sexual misconduct. Out of the five, four of the accusers are Franco's former acting students.
"He's in a really bad place, so bad that he changed his phone number. His close friends are trying to be there for him but it's been hard. He's only talking to a select group of people. For now, he's just hiding out," a leading international magazine quoted a source saying.
James was papped at the recently held Golden Globes Awards wherein he appeared wearing his Times Up pin. Post that, actress Violet Paley tweeted on Sunday night during the Golden Globes awards: "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?"
Filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan also came forward and tweeted: "Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes, remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!"
James spoke about the allegations when he made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He said, "I was sent a couple of the tweets. So yeah, I did read them. I haven't responded."
"The ones I read were not accurate, but one of the things that I've learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had. There are people, women and others, who have not been a part of this conversation. I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they need to be a part of this conversation. I support them," he said.