Sharon Stone Defends James Franco: ‘I’m Appalled With What’s Happening’

Sharon Stone may be a relatively progressive actress but she’s also taking a stand against the recent allegations lobbed at James Franco.

Franco has been accused of sexual harassment by four women, most notably by actress Violet Paley whose tweet went viral during the Golden Globe Awards in January.

“Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco,” Paley tweeted. “Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?” The tweet received over 30,000 likes and 12,000 retweets.

But Sharon Stone isn’t buying it. She briefly worked with Franco on the set of “The Disaster Artist,” and says she’s familiar with his character.

“I’m appalled with what’s happening with [Franco],” she told Marc Macron’s “WTF” Podcast on Monday. She also called Violet Paley Franco’s “girlfriend” at the time and said Franco “is the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, most elegant, nicest,” person she’s ever known.

“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,” she said, detailing a hypothetical situation that gets taken way too far. “I don’t think they’re trying to sexually harass me, I think they’re just incredibly stupid and awkward.”

And instead of lobbing allegations and ruining somebody’s reputation, Stone suggested women straight up say “Please don’t ever call me again, because you’re too stupid to date.”

Stone’s comments will probably be blown out of proportion and considered insensitive, but what she’s saying certainly isn’t unpopular. I’d be willing to bet that there are a lot of actors and actresses out there who agree with her and are paranoid of the haphazard #MeToo allegations. As Stone mentioned, accusations without “due process” is a dangerous game of roulette to play.

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