James Franco will have to answer a lot more than admit he slept with some of his students after the actor gave an interview in which he spoke about allegations of sexual assault for the first time in four years.
Lawyers for two women representing Sarah Tether Kaplan and Tony Gall, who filed sexual assault lawsuits against the “Pineapple Express” actor, 43, in 2009 were unmoved by Franco’s explanation of his alleged actions and criticized the actor in a statement to People magazine after the interview.
Tither-Kaplan and Gaal agreed to drop their claims after Franco agreed to a $2,235,000 settlement.
“In addition to being blind about power dynamics, Franco is completely insensitive, and still apparently does not care, for the immense pain and suffering inflicted on his victims by this fictitious school of acting,” the lawyers statement to People says.
“It is incredible that even after agreeing to the settlement, he continues to downplay the experiences of survivors and ignore their pain, despite acknowledging that he had no business to start such a school in the first place.
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“This was not a misunderstanding about the name of the course, nor was it the result of his stress – it was, and remains, vile behaviour,” the statement adds. “No one should confuse this interview with Franco holding accountable for his actions or expressing remorse for what happened. He is a clear evasion of the real issues that came up before a big holiday in the hope that he will not face any scrutiny over his response.”
In a Los Angeles Times report in January 2018, five women accused the Oscar nominee of sexually inappropriate behavior at his acting school, Playhouse West Studio 4, in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles.
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The school closed in 2017.
Following Franco’s response to alleged incidents in which he admitted, at times, to using his fame as a “temptation” to lure students to enroll in the “101 Sex Scenes” course he taught, Franco is now reported to have found himself in the crosshairs of lawyers representing beleaguered actor Johnny Depp. In his long and contentious legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Deb Heard is suing Virginia for defamation in a $50 million lawsuit over a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece in which she described her as a victim of domestic violence.
Franco will now have to sit down for filing early next year and answer questions about what he knows about the alleged bruising on Heard’s face, according to Page Six.
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Franco’s subpoena was issued after surveillance footage showed him entering an elevator with Heard about 24 hours after she and Depp were exposed to a massive copy of dust. I heard after the fight that Depp gave her a black eye.
Depp denied the allegations of the jump.
“She has vigorously denied Ms Heard’s allegations since she first made them in May 2016…when she entered court to obtain a temporary restraining order with bruised bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage showed she did not have every day of the previous week, Depp said in his complaint against Heard, according to Depp. Sixth page.” “I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I did not mistreat Mrs. Heard or any other woman.”
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Depp said he brought the lawsuit “not only to clear my name and restore my reputation, but to try to make clear the women and men whose lives have been damaged by abuse and to whom Ms Heard has repeatedly lied to claiming to be their spokesperson”.
Heard’s legal team alleged that Franco was living in the building around the time of the accident and that she and the actor simply took the elevator together. Depp’s lawyers said this was a “lie”.
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The trial is scheduled for April 11, 2022, in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is expected to last 12 days.
Franco’s representatives did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.