James Franco was the subject of a multi-million dollar lawsuit and now that is over. He still has to pay big.
Franco has settled his sexual misconduct lawsuit for $2,235,000 according to Variety. This huge number was revealed in court filings that are pending a LA judge’s approval.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal filed the class-action complaint in Los Angeles in October 2019. In their lawsuit, they alleged that Franco and business partner Vince Jolivette “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.” This allegedly went down at the acting school they operated.
Students at the school paid $300 a month and it was alleged that those who were willing to strip in front of Franco and friends were given special treatment. These allegations also caused Seth Rogen to end his working relationship with Franco.
It is reported that Tither-Kaplan and Gaal will receive $894,000, divided into $670,500 and $223,500 respectively. $1,341,000 will be put into a common fund for other members of the lawsuit.
They have two months to turn this agreement down in case they wish to pursue further action. It should be noted that Franco’s legal team shot the claims down as “false and inflammatory, legally baseless and brought as a class action with the obvious goal of grabbing as much publicity as possible for attention-hungry Plaintiffs.”
The acting school in question was opened in 2014 and closed in 2017. We will continue monitoring this ongoing story for further updates.
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