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OTRC: David Letterman: Why I banned former guest Harmony Korine from 'Late Show'

James Franco and David Letterman discuss the banning of Harmony Korine during a taping of the "Late Show with David Letterman" on March 26, 2013. (CBS / Worldwide Pants Incorporated)

Harmony Korine -- banned from "David Letterman"? The talk show host has cleared up rumors with James Franco about the backstage shenanigans of the 'Spring Breakers' director, which involved Meryl Streep, a push and a rifled purse.

"I heard he was banned from the show," said Franco, who portrays a drug and arms dealer in Korine's recently released film, during a recent episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman."

The rumor, he said, involved Korine pushing actress Meryl Streep backstage during a late 1990s taping of the show, which had scheduled interviews for both Streep and Korine.

"I mean, if you push Meryl Streep... you get kicked off," said the 34-year-old actor.

"Not necessarily," responded Letterman, eliciting laughter from the crowd. He then confirmed that Korine's interview had indeed been cancelled due to an incident involving Meryl Streep, but related a different version of events.

"I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and say, 'Welcome to the show,' ... and she was not in there," said Letterman. "And I looked around, and found your friend Harmony going through her purse."

"True story," continued Letterman, who raised his hand in a vow of promise. "And I said: 'Ok. That's it. Put her things back in her bag and get out of here.'"

Korine rose to fame at the age of 19 after writing the screenplay for the 1995 independent film "Kids," which starred then-unknowns Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson as girls coping with the realities of sex and HIV.

He had appeared on "Letterman" on several occasions before the ban.

"My guess is he was on something that night," said Franco, who went on to say that Korine is "a very sane guy now. He is a great artist. He is a great person to work with."

"Spring Breakers," which co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez as lawbreaking college girls, has garnered mostly favorable reviews on RottenTomatoes.com. It opened in wide release on March 22, 2013.

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