During Grammys weekend, InStyle caught up with actress Vanessa Hudgens, who offered her own personal hot take on allegations against her former Spring Breakers co-star James Franco. In the interview, the 29-year-old told the mag that she believes both the women who have come forward in the #MeToo movement and the accused actor.
“I support what he said,” Hudgens said, referring to Franco’s response to allegations on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Then, in a surprising about-face, the former High School Musical star said she believes victims in general — but not, specifically, when it comes to Franco.
“He’s saying that the allegations are false but he supports all the women speaking up because they didn’t have a voice before, and the fact that that they do now is an amazing thing,” said Hudgens. “He supports that. I just know that I loved working with him. He was always very respectful.”
After Franco won a Golden Globe for portraying infamous filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, misconduct allegations resurfaced against the actor-director. Among these, that Franco had abused his power with female students of his acting school, and that he had attempted to solicit sexual favors from women who were minors at the time.
In 2014, screenshots surfaced of a text exchange between Franco and a then-17-year-old actress which supported the story that he had been pursuing very young women. At the time, Franco appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael, excusing his behavior, saying, “I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
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