Scarlett Johansson was a headlining speaker at Saturday's Women's March in Los Angeles, but her harshest words weren't reserved for President Donald Trump — they were reserved for fellow actor James Franco.
Dressed in a "Time's Up" tee shirt, Johansson delivered a speech more focused on Hollywood harassment than D.C. shenanigans, recounting years of abuse at the hands of powerful men in the entertainment industry. And while she didn't call Franco out by name, it was easy to discern precisely whom her comments were directed at.
"My mind baffles. How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?" she asked, according to the Daily Mail.
"I want my pin back, by the way," she continued, in an apparent reference to Franco's show of support for the Time's Up movement on the Golden Globes red carpet, just days before being accused of sexual harassment himself. “Suddenly I was 19 again and I began to remember all the men who had taken advantage of the fact that I was a young woman who didn’t yet have the tools to say no, or understand the value of my own self-worth.”
Johansson's representative later confirmed to the LA Times that the "Avengers" actress was taking a pointed jab at Franco.
The LA Times reported last week that Franco is accused of sexual harassment by five women, all of whom were either Franco's acting students or saw Franco as a mentor in the entertainment industry. The women claimed Franco removed guards that protected their modesty during orgy scenes and became upset when some of his female costars refused to go topless while filming.
Franco vehemently denies the allegations through his attorney.