James Franco misses collecting his Best Actor Critics Choice Award after 5 women accuse him of sexual assault

This should be a happy time for James Franco. As well as walking home with a Golden Globe on Sunday night, he also won the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor last night – although he wasn’t around to accept it.

Vice Principals star Walton Goggins accepted the award on James Franco’s behalf, who was mysteriously – or tactfully – absent following the numerous sexual misconduct allegations that have recently been made against him.

“He would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts,” aspiring actor Katie Ryan told The Los Angeles Times, in reference to his Studio 4 film school.

“He would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts”

His lawyer Michael Plonsker has denied all of the allegations – most of which were made via Twitter – adding that James Franco is “not aware that any of the actions alleged by Ms. Ryan ever occurred.”

James Franco himself has also been pretty open about the situation too…

“I was sent a couple of the Tweets. So yeah, I did read them. I haven’t responded,” he told Seth Meyers in reference to the women who have come forward with allegations.

“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.”

He then referenced the Time’s Up pin which he and a host of other celebs wore on the Golden Globes red carpet to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood, as well as the criticism he received for wearing it following the allegations made against him…

“I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they need to be a part of this conversation. I support them.

“There are stories that need to get out. There are people that need to be heard.”

“I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in that much.

“If I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much.”

We’ll have to wait and see if there are any more developments…