Seth Rogen is addressing allegations of sexual assault against his friend and former collaborator James Franco.
Franco, who was accused of sexual harassment in 2014 and 2018, has denied the allegations.
In an interview with The Sunday TimesSaid Rogen, “What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and would never cover up or hide the actions of someone who does it, or put someone in a situation where they are close to someone like that.”
Rogen also responded to a question about a joke made while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2014 about Franco meeting a 17-year-old at a hotel.
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“I decided to play a prank on James Franco. I posed like a girl on instagram [and] I told him I was very young. It seemed phaseless. I have an appointment to meet him at the Ace Hotel, “Rogen said on” SNL. “
Franco said Howard Stern he had been “a gentleman” about the ordeal on Instagram where he planned to meet the teenager.
Rogen said he’s “very sorry he made that joke,” adding in hindsight that it was “terrible.”
Rogen continued: “I also look back on that interview in 2018 where I said that I would continue to work with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to do so right now.
Rogen and Franco have worked together on several films, including “Pineapple Express”, “The Interview”, “This is the End” and “The Disaster Artist”.
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While Rogen has no plans to work with Franco, he would not deepen their friendship.
“I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview. I can tell, um, you know, it’s changed a lot of things in our relationship and our dynamic, “said Rogen.
He was then asked if their friendship is currently painful.
“Yes. But not as painful and difficult as it is for many other people involved. I have no mercy on myself in this situation,” he replied.
Franco reached a settlement in February with two former students from his acting school for sexual misconduct.