Sharon Stone is standing by James Franco after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several woman.
During an appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, the 60-year-old actress — who appeared alongside Franco in The Disaster Artist — stood by her costar and director, calling him “the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, elegant, nicest man.”
“I’m appalled by this thing about him that is happening” she said. “Now all of a sudden he’s a bad guy? I worked with him, I know him. … He’s a kind friend, lovely professional. I’m absolutely appalled by this.”
Stone, who has had a nearly four decade career in Hollywood, went on to say that she’s “seen it all” when it comes to men and that she supports the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. She just thinks those accused should be subject to fair treatment through the normal judicial system.
“I don’t feel like these trials without due process are entirely appropriate,” Stone said. “I feel that it’s appropriate that people have to take responsibility for the actions, but I do feel that some due process is in order.”
“There’s a range of activities. And you can’t charge somebody with a felony over a misdemeanor,” she continued. “There has to be a balance here where this has to be heard in a rational format. So this isn’t just black and white. And it can’t be that every man who doesn’t know what the f— he’s doing in life is a criminal. ‘Cause a lot of men are just stupid.”
Stone added that she’s recently personally confronted the men who she claims harassed her in the past. She did not identify them by name, telling Maron she told the men, “‘I’m not naming names and ruining lives, but if I was, I would name names and ruin your life.’ ”
“Some men are just incredibly stupid,” she said. “You go out with them, they bring you home for a good-night kiss and they grab your hand and put it on their penis. A 50-year-old man. I don’t think they’re trying to sexually harass me, I think they’re just incredibly stupid and awkward. Like, really? That’s your move? Please don’t ever call me again, because you’re too stupid to date. I don’t think I should ruin your whole life over that but I just think you’re incredibly stupid.”
Franco’s name was first brought into the national discussion of sexual harassment in January after he wore a Time’s Up pin at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, where he won a trophy for his role in The Disaster Artist.
In an article published in the Los Angeles Times days later, five women accused the actor of abusing his power as an acting teacher and mentor in a sexually exploitative manner.
Two students claimed the actor would often become angry on set when they would refuse to film topless while another former acting student at the film school Franco founded said he once removed safety guards while filming an oral sex scene …read more