In 2019, two former students of the now defunct James Franco acting school accused him and his partners in organizing to use the school as “little more than a plan to provide him and his male collaborators with a group of young performers from which they could draw.” They filed a class action lawsuit against Franco and others involved in the school, alleging that Franco and his partner Vince Jolivette “engaged in widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behavior towards female students by sexualizing their power as a teacher and as an employer by losing the opportunity. of roles in their projects. ”Among the accusations was that one of the classes offered at Franco’s school was built specifically around sex scenes, for which prospective students had to audition on camera, and that Franco allegedly kept the videos in the archive and asked the students to give up their rights. One of the accusers, who was in this class, said that Franco once “took off the students’ protective clothing before simulating sex with them. oral as part of an orgy scene. “
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the accusers agreed to withdraw the lawsuit after reaching a settlement of some sort, although no details beyond that have not been made public. Those details include “how much money may be involved in the deal,” but THR It says the information will be sent for judicial approval in March. THR He also notes that Franco hasn’t done much since the lawsuit was filed, after a couple of years in which it was almost inevitable both on TV and at the box office, so it seems this lawsuit had an impact on his career ( even if only he decided to get out of the public eye for a while).