James Franco has agreed to pay a total of $2.2 million to settle a legal case that accused him of sexual misconduct lawsuit.
In 2019, the actor was sued by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, two students that attended his Studio 4 acting school which is now no longer functioning.
The students claimed they were victims of fraud for paying for the acting school while being sexually objectified and intimidated. They accused the star of engaging in “sexually-charged behaviour towards female students”.
Tither-Kaplan and Gaal said in the original 2019 filing that Franco tried to “create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education”.
Five women, including Tither-Kaplan and Gaal, accused him of inappropriate behaviour and said they were “victims of an abuse of power”.
Franco responded to these claims as ‘not accurate’.
The two students who sued Franco have dropped their claims after reaching an agreement with him.
The proposed settlement is now going to be put in front of a judge, who will decide whether to approve it.
If approved, Tither-Kaplan will receive $670,500 with $223,500 paid to lawyers.
Gaal will receive $223,500 with $74,500 paid to lawyers.
The remaining $1.341m will be divided among other students that were involved with the case, minus further legal fees.
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