Late-night talk show host David Letterman once banned Harmony Korine as a guest back in 1999 on his show when he caught the filmmaker rifting through Meryl Streep's bag.
Actor James Franco appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday to promote his new film Spring Breakers, and the conversation between the two quickly centered around Korine, who directed the film.
Franco told Letterman that Korine told him that he was banned from appearing on the show for pushing Meryl Streep backstage, but said "maybe he was on something that night."
The Oz the Great and Powerful actor offered a defense for his friend, and said, "He's great person to work with, but I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails ... The legend is that he pushed Meryl Streep backstage. I mean if you push Meryl Streep backstage you get kicked off. But he said he was a little out of it."
Letterman had a different story to tell and said that Korine's version of events did not happen and spilled the beans on what really went down. The talk show host said he caught Korine in a suspicious action and told him to leave. Letterman said he went upstairs to the studio's green room to check on Streep who was a guest at time to welcome her to show, and instead found Korine.
"I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found your friend Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said, 'That's it, put her things back in her bag and then get out of here.'"
Letterman said he would be more than happy to have the director, who completed rehab more than a ten years ago, back on his show as a guest. Korine, who is responsible for writing the controversial movie Kids for director Larry Clark at the age of 19, described the tough period in his life as a "crazy time" that he would not want to experience again.
"I felt pretty debased and lost," he told the Guardian in 2008. "I became like a tramp. I wasn't delusional. I didn't think I was going to be OK. I thought: 'This might be the end.' I'd read enough books. I knew where this story ended. The story finishes itself."