James Franco Admitting that he slept with students at his acting school is a total hoax, designed to make it sound like he’s apologizing when he really isn’t…at least according to the lawyers who sued him for sexual misconduct.
Franco appears to have spoiled his bravery during an interview with SiriusXM this week, says Jess Cagle … “Look, I’ll admit I slept with the students. I didn’t sleep with anyone in that particular class, but during my teaching time I slept with the students, and that was a mistake.”
It’s also a BS, if you ask lawyers at two different law firms — Valli Kane & Vagnini, LLP, and Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, LLP — that have filed lawsuits on behalf of the students, including Sarah Tether Kaplan, who attended Studio 4 … Franco School.
The corporate representative tells us, “In addition to being blind about the power dynamics, Franco is completely insensitive, and still seemingly indifferent, to the enormous pain and suffering inflicted on his victims by this fictitious image of the acting school.
During the interview, Franco denied there was any “master plan” to have sex with the students – and claimed he had no part in their selection of his class, and did not start school with the intention of bedding with his students…which is infuriating to women like Tether Kaplan.
Her attorney’s statement continues: “It is incredible that even after agreeing to a settlement, 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.”
As for why Franco is now coming forward… 10 months after the $2.2 million class action was settled, and almost 4 years after the women first came forward – lawyers believe the interview was intentionally scheduled to avoid headlines.
Their representative says, “No one should confuse this interview with Franco taking accountability for his actions or expressing remorse for what happened. It is a clear evasion of real issues released before a big holiday in the hope that he won’t face any scrutiny over his response.”