James Franco is speaking up about how he overcome sex addition and recovered from sexual misconduct allegations in an in-depth interview with Jess Cagle of SiriusXM. The actor confronted the allegations first in 2018 and later in 2019 as part of a lawsuit.
This was the first time that Franco has spoken openly about the allegations against him. When asked why he remained silent for so long, Franco said that he needed to address the issues first and do some serious reflecting.
“In 2018 there were some complaints about me and an article about me and at that moment I just thought, I’m gonna be quiet. I’m gonna be, I’m gonna pause. Did not seem like the right time to say anything.”
“There were people that were upset with me and I needed to listen. The natural human instinct is to just make it stop. You just want to get out in front of it and whatever you have to do… apologize, you know, get it done.”
“But what that doesn’t do is allow you to do the work, and to look at what was underneath, like, whatever you did… there’s probably an iceberg underneath that, of behavior, of patterning, of just being blind to yourself that isn’t gonna just be solved overnight.
“So I’ve just been doing a lot of work. And I guess I’m pretty confident in saying like, four years, you know? And, I was in recovery before for substance abuse. And, there were some issues that I had to deal with that were also related to addiction. And so I’ve really used my recovery background to kind of start examining this and, and changing who I was.”
Franco, 43, also opened up about his own battle with sex addition and how he finally confronted his demons after more than 20 years. “It’s such a powerful drug,” he said of sex.
We will have to see if opening up about this subject will help ease him back into Hollywood. Longtime friend Seth Rogan has already made their breakup very public.
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