She’s not holding back. At the Women’s March in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, Scarlett Johansson took the stage in support of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements — and she shocked the crowd when she called out James Franco in her powerful speech.
“In light of the recent revelations regarding abuse of power, and sexual harassment, and the question of consent versus coercion, I find myself pensive, taking time, and digging deep to understand where we are, and how we got here,” the actress stated, according to People. “How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault, while privately preying on people who have no power?” adding, “I want my pin back, by the way.”
To recap, the 39-year-old Disaster Artist star wore a Time’s Up pin at this year’s Golden Globes, but after receiving the award for Best Actor, multiple women — including former students of his — came out with sexual harassment claims against him.
Though the Rough Night actress never actually uttered Franco’s name, her rep confirmed to People that she was indeed referring to him.
“I had many relationships both personal and professional where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create a narrative that I was the cool girl who could hang in and hang out, and that sometimes meant compromising what felt right for me,” she continued. “No more pandering. No more feeling guilty about hurting someone’s feelings when something doesn’t feel right for me. I have made a promise to myself to be responsible to my self, that in order to trust my instincts I must first respect them.”
The actor has denied the allegations that were made and opened up about the situation on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it,” he told the talk show host. “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.” James has yet to address Scarlett’s comments.