Ashley Judd Praises James Franco's Response to Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Jan 13, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. ET
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In a newly released interview on HARDtalk with Stephen Sackur, Ashley Judd revealed that she approves of James Franco's response to the sexual misconduct accusations leveled at him last week.

"I think that what James said is terrific," Judd explained. "And I think that we've all behaved, at a certain level, unconsciously, and done things that were insensitive, inappropriate, without necessarily understanding that they were. I mean, we've all operated with a certain amount of tone deafness, and I like the culpability, and we have to have restorative justice."

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She added, "This is about men and women being all together and having a more equitable and just workplace, home life, social spaces. I mean, we know that when women are empowered in the workplace and are in decision-making positions that workplaces have better financial outcomes and there's less harassment when there is more diversity. And it takes that kind of individual accountability to collectively make the change on a large scale."

Franco opened up about the accusations during The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday after accusations were made against him by multiple women on Twitter.

"The things that I heard that 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," Franco explained. "So, I don't want to shut them down in any way. It's, I think, a good thing, and I support it."

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Then, on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times released an article that detailed Franco's alleged misconduct with five women. Franco's attorney denied the accusations, and Franco opted out of attending the Critics' Choice Awards that night.

It's unclear when, exactly, Judd filmed the interview with HARDtalk, which was released in part on Friday. The full interview will air on Sunday.

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