Attacked in court for having created an “environment of harassment and sexual exploitation” in his film and theater school, the actor wanted to avoid an embarrassing trial.
James Franco reached an out-of-court settlement in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by former students of a theater school he co-founded.
The “127 Hours” star was sued in 2019 when Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal claimed the actor pressured Studio 4 students to undress for auditions. They also said that James Franco and other teachers and instructors at the school engaged in “inappropriate and sexually charged behavior” towards female students.
Others also accused school officials of creating “an environment of harassment and sexual exploitation”. The incidents allegedly occurred during a course in sex scenes given by James Franco, whose school closed in 2017 after only three years of activity.
The financial cost has not yet been revealed
The star had hit back at the allegations through his lawyer, calling the complaints “slanderous publicity aimed at initiating legal action”, but after months of negotiations the two sides reached an agreement to end the case , according to “The Hollywood Reporter”. Documents regarding the deal were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on February 11, with attorneys expected to detail the financial cost of the lawsuit to James Franco by March 15.
The actor has been keeping a low profile since his career and reputation were damaged in early 2018, with the rise of the #MeToo movement, when he was accused of inappropriate behavior and abuse of power by several other women. James Franco had called these allegations “inaccurate”.
(Cover Media & LeMatin.ch)
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