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2 Women Say James Franco’s Acting School Sexually Exploited Them
In a lawsuit filed the women say the school pressured them into uncomfortable activities and promised acting opportunities.
The women came to the acting school with hopes of developing their skills, furthering their careers and working with its celebrity founder, James Franco.
Instead, these women say, Mr. Franco and his partners subjected them to sexually exploitative auditions and film shoots.
The two women, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, say in the lawsuit that Mr. Franco and his partners “engaged in widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behavior towards female students by sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects.”
These actions, the suit says, “led to an environment of harassment and sexual exploitation both in and out of the class.”
In a statement, Mr. Franco’s lawyer Michael Plonsker denied the accusations and called the lawsuit “ill-informed.”
“James will not only fully defend himself, but will also seek damages from the plaintiffs and their attorneys for filing this scurrilous publicity-seeking lawsuit,” Mr. Plonsker said.