Franco Is A No-Show For His Award As Allegations Of Sexual Abuse Swarm In

Ashley (Kimber)

The Critics Choice Awards happened tonight, I guess.

I don’t know how big a deal they are. They can’t be all that big of a deal because Olivia Munn hosted them, and I honestly know what she looks like and not much else.

Anyway… there was a nooootable absence at the event… who also happened to win the award for Best Actor.

James Franco wasn’t there, and people speculate that he’s lying low after a number of pretty graphic allegations surfaced against him after last week’s Golden Globes.

According to this:

James Franco was noticeably absent from the Critics Choice Awards as he was awarded best actor in a comedy for his film The Disaster Artist in a week where he was hit with multiple sexual misconduct allegations.

The 39-year-old actor chose to skip the ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Thursday night in the wake of the allegations.

Presenter Walton Goggins accepted the award on Franco’s behalf.

Ok so… is Walter Goggins a real name? because he sounds like someone who’s trying to take a precious ring to a scary mountain, if you know what I mean.

Franco won the same award at the Golden Globes just a few days ago.

Things have escalated rather quickly in those few days….

Several women have made claims of inappropriate sexual behavior against Franco after the actor wore a pin supporting the ‘Time’s Up’ initiative for gender equality at the Globes.

Actress Ally Sheedy said in a since-deleted tweet that Franco was an example of why she left the movie business.

Two of Franco’s former student actresses, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley, described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him, according to a LA Times expose.

Tither-Kaplan claimed she was shooting a nude orgy scene with Franco and several other actresses when he took off the protective piece of plastic covering their genitals while simulating oral sex. Paley had a consensual relationship with the actor, but claims that he once forced her into performing oral sex on her while they sat in his car.

Paley and Tither-Kaplan both shared parts of their story on Twitter last weekend following Franco’s Globe win.

And he’s already spoken about it publicly, though he seems kinda waffly (is that a word? ) about his answers to me…

According to People:

During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday, the actor addressed the sexual harassment allegations issued by a number of women on Twitter after wearing a Time’s Up pin at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.

“There are people that need to be heard,” the 39-year-old actor told Meyers. “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 it that much,” he said. “So 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.”

OK… that’s a SUPER weird thing to say.

Basically… “We should believe ALL WOMEN! And even though those chicks are lying about me, I’m not going to call them liars because I find it very important to believe all victims even when they’re lying about me. Which they are.”

I mean… that’s what he’s saying, right?

He said close to the same thing on Colbert:

“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done,” Franco told Colbert. “I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”

He’s such a martyr for the cause he’s going to let big ol’ liars lie about him?

Well would you look at that!

A “source” tells People he’s in “a really bad place”:

The actor skipped Thursday’s Critics Choice Awards where he won the Best Actor honor for his role in The Disaster Artist.

“He’s in a really bad place, so bad that he changed his phone number,” a source close to the situation told PEOPLE. “His close friends are trying to be there for him but it’s been hard – he’s only talking to a select group of people. For now, he’s just hiding out.”

He really believes in the cause, you guys, so he’s just hiding out while women accuse him of sexual misconduct because he’s a martyr and he wants all these LIARS to have their voices heard.

Interesting tactic there, Franco.