“In light of the recent revelations regarding abuse of power, and sexual harassment, and the question of consent versus coercion, I find myself pensive, taking time, and digging deep to understand where we are, and how we got here. My mind baffles,” the 33-year-old actress said at the beginning of her speech.
She continued, “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?”
“I want my pin back, by the way,” she added.
ET has reached out to Johansson's rep, who confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the actress' comments were indeed referring to Franco. Franco was criticized for wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globe Awards on the night of the ceremony, after several women made allegations on Twitter about the actor's supposed inappropriate sexual behavior. On Jan. 11, an article in the Los Angeles Times was published detailing the accounts of five women accusing Franco of inappropriate sexual behavior. However, a source close to Franco disputes that number, adding that the accusations against Franco are "false."
However, Johansson is not without her own controversy. People have called out the star on Twitter for working with director Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old. Allen has continuously denied the allegations
"Congrats to Scarlett Johansson for calling out James Franco and the harmful cool girl narrative but you still haven't denounced Woody Allen and apologized to Dylan Farrow," wrote one user.
Congrats to Scarlett Johansson for calling out James Franco and the harmful cool girl narrative but you still haven't denounced Woody Allen and apologized to Dylan Farrow
Some stars who have worked with Allen have recently denounced the controversial director. Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig expressed regret about working with the director in 2012's To Rome With Love, telling The New York Times, "If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”
Mira Sorvino, who starred in Allen's 1995 film, The Mighty Aphrodite -- and was one of the first women to speak out against disgraced studio mogul Harvey Weinstein -- also wrote an open letter of apology to Farrow, published by The Huffington Post..