Actor and director James Franco was accused of being “completely insensitive” and causing “extreme pain and suffering” after a public interview on Wednesday in which he admitted sleeping with students at his acting school and claimed he suffered from sex. addicted.
A statement issued by lawyers representing two women who filed a civil case against Franco in 2019, said Franco, who made comments on SiriusXM’s Jess Cagle podcast, was “completely insensitive, and still apparently does not care, about the enormous pain and suffering that his victims have put into practice.” during “.
The statement added:[Franco] He continues to downplay the survivors’ experiences and ignore their pain, despite acknowledging that he had no business to start such a school in the first place… It was, and still is, vile behaviour.”
In June 2021, Franco settled a class action lawsuit for $2.2m (£1.64m) after the two women, Sarah Tether Kaplan and Tony Gal, filed a complaint against the actor, accusing him of fraud, after Tether Kaplan and several others. The women aired allegations of sexual exploitation in a 2018 Los Angeles Times article. Both women received large sums of money in the settlement, along with other students at Franco Studio 4 Film School, which was founded in 2014 and closed in 2017.
In his Jess Cagle podcast interview, Franco said he “slept with the students, and it was a mistake” and denied that he started school to lure women for sexual purposes.