James Franco, the award’s winner of “Best -Actor Golden Globe Award” for “The Disaster Artist” faces a lawsuit from his students for sexual exploitation.
Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor. He acted in many films: Never Been Kissed, Spider-Man, The Ape, Tristan and Isolde, Disaster Artist, etc.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, both attended Franco’s defunct acting school Studio 4, and they filed this lawsuit against Franco in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday.
The lawsuit claims are on orgy type-setting when James intimidated student actors into performing sex scenes and gave them false hopes of acquiring job opportunities.
The lawsuit added, ” the reality was that (Franco) was looking to create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation.”
These claims of the lawsuit came up during a master class in sex scenes that Franco taught at his school. To take franco’s master class, the students were subjected to audition that involves simulating sex act on films, that franco watched to select candidates.
During the master class, female students were encouraged by franco to appear topless and perform in sex scenes, orgies and full nudity. The lawsuit claims that these were done without careful guidelines and closed sets that are industry standard for shooting sex scenes
Toni Gaal was a student kept out of the master class for questioning its exploitative nature while Tither -Kaplan participated in the class. Later, Tither -Kaplan was cast in Rabbit Bandini films. Tither-Kaplan understands that was because of her willingness to accept Franco’s exploitative behaviour without complaints.
However, this was not the first accusation Franco received for the master class. Los Angeles Time reported the allegation against franco by five women including Tither-Kaplan who then twitted on January 7, 2018:
“Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #Golden Globes, remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!”