American actor James Franco has managed to reach an agreement with Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, two of the students who sued him in 2019 for « inappropriate sexual behavior ». The students of his acting school, Studio 4, sued him accusing the actor of creating « a network of sexually exploited women at their convenience« , promising a role in the films he directed.
James Franco in the series ‘The Deuce’, one of his last works for HBO
According to the version of the students, Franco forced to maintain « increasingly explicit sex scenes before the cameras « simulating an orgy, a practice that would have raised criticism in Hollywood by imposing itself on some students. In the case of Tither-Kaplan, it was not the first complaint for » inappropriate sexual behavior « that Franco had filed, since in 2018 he already sued him for the same reason after the actor’s victory at the Golden Globes for his film « The Disaster Artist. »
Both in the first application and in this second time, the James Franco and his team of lawyers claimed that the accusations were « false and defamatory », with acts « misinterpreted », in addition to alleging that they did it « to attract attention. » However, the actor spoke on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ stating that « If I did something wrong, I’ll fix it. I have to do it« . The agreement will be presented to the courts for approval on March 15.
The trajectory of James Franco
James Franco is a internationally recognized actor for playing the Peter Parker’s best friend (played by Tobey Maguire), Harry Osborn, in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy of « Spider-Man. » After that, he has participated in other highly successful films such as « Eat, pray, love », directed by Ryan Murphy and co-starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem; or « 127 hours« , by which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars 2011. At present he combines his work as an actor, with the direction of his own works and his facet as a writer.