How Jewish actors Rogen and Franco’s friendship changed after sexual misconduct allegations

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Seth Rogen at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Feb. 29, 2020 in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

JORDAN PALMER

Their friendship was one that provided a lot of laughs over the years. As a Jewish movie lover, the fact that both Seth Rogen and James Franco are fellow Jews was a bonus. But, according to Rogen in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, it is no coincidence that the two have not worked together since sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Franco.

“What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that,” Rogen said when asked about the validity of the victims’ claims.

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The allegations against Franco first became public in 2014. According to the Los Angeles Times, additional allegations were discovered after Franco appeared at the Golden Globe Awards that year wearing a “Time’s Up” pin on is lapel.  The Times reported that Sarah Tither-Kaplan, one of the women who accused Franco, saw the pin as a “slap in the face,” and decided to come forward. This past February, Franco settled his lawsuit with Kaplan and another woman.

As a result of the allegations, Rogen told The Sunday Times that it’s “not a coincidence” that he and Franco haven’t worked together recently.

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Rogen went on to explain that despite distancing himself from Franco, he knows that his experience was nowhere near as “painful and difficult” as the experiences of the victims.

Franco, however, has long maintained his innocence. “Look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done,” the Spider-Man actor told Stephen Colbert in 2018. “I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever there’s something wrong that needs to be changed. I make it a point to do it.”