“I despise abuse and harassment.”
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Rogen was asked if he believes the allegations made 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,” he replied.
Rogen also addressed a joke he made while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2014, which referenced an allegation against Franco from a 17-year-old woman he allegedly DM’d on Instagram: “I decided to prank James Franco. I posed as a girl on Instagram, told him I was way young. He seemed unfazed. I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel.”
While revisiting the remark, Rogen called it “terrible” and said he “very much regrets making that joke.”
Rogen continued to mention an interview he gave in 2018 in which he reportedly said he’d continue working with Franco, saying that “the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.”
This isn’t the first time that Rogen’s past with Franco has been discussed recently. Last month, actor Charlyne Yi — who acted alongside Franco in The Disaster Artist — accused Franco’s peers, including Rogen, of enabling his behavior.
“Why aren’t any of James Franco’s white male ‘feminist’ peers holding him accountable for abusing women then using his power and platform to gaslight them?” she wrote.