James Franco is being sued by two former students Actor James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by two former students at his acting and film school.
The Hollywood star allegedly abused his position to engage in “sexually charged behaviour towards female students” by “dangling the opportunity for roles” in his films.
The former students say Franco tried to “create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education”.
The lawsuit, filed at a court in Los Angeles , says the alleged abuses took place at Franco’s Studio 4, which opened in 2014 and closed in 2017.
It is alleged female students were pushed into taking part in explicit sex scenes “that went far beyond the standards in the industry”.
Those who performed were led to believe parts in Franco’s films would be made available, the lawsuit says.
The two women are alleging, among other offences, sexual harassment and discrimination and are seeking unspecified damages and for any video recordings of the sex scenes to be destroyed.They have also asked for the lawsuit to be given class action status, so other alleged victims can join.Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini and his two business partners are also named as defendants.One of the alleged victims had previously come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Franco, shortly after he won a Golden Globe Award for his film The Disaster Artist last year.The second woman is speaking publicly for the first time. When the allegations first […]