Hollywood actor James Franco accused of running a bogus film school by two women on Thursday. They also filed a civil lawsuit against him stating that he would dupe young women in the name of providing them role in movies. They also added that the actor would conduct nude auditions or shoot explicit sex scenes.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The 41-year-old, Oscar-nominated actor was accused of misleading aspiring actors at his now-defunct school.
Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, said in a statement that his client had not been served by the lawsuit, which he called “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,” MrPlonsker said.
According to the complaint, the two girls, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, enrolled at Franco’s film school in 2014. They accused Franco and two other men of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, bribery and other misconduct connected with his Production Company and university.
“Franco and his colleagues were dangling the opportunity to aspiring actors of employment in film and television,” the lawsuit stated.
“Franco’s targets were even duped to pay for their exploitation through a fraudulent ‘acting school’ (Studio 4) designed to benefit Franco and his production companies wherein employment opportunities for women supposedly increased when they agreed to overt sexual acts, nudity and performing in sex scenes – often in an orgy type setting,” the lawsuit said.
“Students were encouraged to pay $750 to join a sex scenes master class at the school and had to audition nude or partially nude”, the lawsuit said.
“After completing the class, Tither-Kaplan was offered a role in a project in which Franco appeared in an orgy scene with women. He removed plastic guards covering actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex”, the suit said.
The case seeks the protection of class action on behalf of other women attending the school and seeks unspecified monetary damage.
The lawsuit also noticed a comment made by Franco in early January 2018 when he appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” days after he got accused of sexual misconduct on Twitter. He was also asked on the show to comment on the same.
The lawsuit, cited his comment, “If I have done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to.” The lawsuit said that Franco and others had “committed egregious wrongs” to student actors and had “done nothing to fix these wrongs.”
Franco’s best-known films include “127 hours,” “Spider-Man” and “The Disaster Artist.” At the Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 7, 2018, Franco wore a Time’s Up movement pin supporting victims of sexual harassment.