James Franco, who gained success as Spiderman’s best friend Harry Osbourne, was recently sued with grave charges. Former students charged him with sexual exploitation and fraud.
James Franco is the center of a lawsuit that points him and two other men of sexually exploiting female students. These men together started an acting school, Studio 4. Not only these three but also their production company, Rabbit Bandini has been named in the complaint. This complaint that has shocked fans of James Franco (yet again) all over the world, was filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The plaintiffs who are accusing James Franco and two others of sexual exploitation are two former students of the accused
Oscar-nominated for his movie 127 Hours, the actor taught acting at collegiate level. But this is not the first time he has been accused of a sexual abuse case.
James Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, issued a statement to npr as he denied the allegations of sexual exploitation. He claimed that this is just another publicity-seeking lawsuit.
“This is not the first time that these claims have been made and they have already been debunked. We have not had an opportunity to review the ill-informed Complaint in depth since it was leaked to the press before it was filed and our client has yet to even be served. 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.”
Sex Scenes at Studio 4
Studio 4 allegedly taught a class called ‘Sex Scenes’ for which students had to audition and pay $750. The plaintiffs for selected and were thrilled for the same.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who was a student at Studio 4 said, “I really respected him as an actor, and the fact that I was selected based off of an audition meant to me that I was valued for my talent.”
According to her, she thought the ‘Sex Scenes’ class would teach her how to “maneuver in sex scenes professionally as an actor.” But, clearly it “did not do that at all.”
In her own words, “In fact, I didn’t know anything about nudity riders, the detail required in them, the right to counsel with the director about nude scenes, the custom to choreograph nude scenes ahead of time to negotiate them with the cast and the director — I knew none of that throughout that class.”
While all the videos from the uncensored class have been taken down, one still remains.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan wanted to be a team player, so she went with the flow as the class progressed
“I wanted to do my best, and I wanted to make friends there, and I wanted to have it really mean something for me,” she narrates. “So I did what seemed to be the thing that they wanted in this class, and that was get naked and do sex scenes and not complain and, you know, push the envelope. And … I felt encouraged when I just went for it.”
Sarah was not the only one. Another plaintiff and former student of James Franco, Toni Gaal is also listed in the complaint. “Most of the work that was offered for us had nudity requirements — for women specifically.”
The complaint against James Franco and Studio 4 claims that they set out to “create a steady stream of young women to objectify and exploit.”
Only time will tell if James Franco is guilty of these sexual exploitation charges or not.