James Franco Will Return to The Deuce, Misconduct Allegations Be Damned

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James Franco has no fewer than five sexual misconduct allegations against him, but that’s a few allegations short of keeping him from returning to The Deuce in its second season, reports Entertainment Tonight:

Writer Megan Abbott spoke with reporters at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, where she confirmed that the 39-year-old actor would “of course” be joining the show next season.

“Of course”? A strange response, though it is similar to what David Simon told Variety in January:

“Personally I can only speak knowledgeably to The Deuce,” Simon said in a statement. “We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco. Nor has HBO been approached with any complaint.”

So yes, Franco may have his job, but that mural he painted for his old high school is gone forever, so that’ll show him!

[Entertainment Tonight]

I compel you to find me something more distinctly Harmony Korine than this get-up.

That beard. (“Beard.”) God help us.

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