The allegation against James Franco, 42 “sought to create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education,” and that students were led to believe roles in Franco’s films would be available to those who went along.
Two former students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal who accused actor and filmmaker Franco of subjecting them to sexually exploitative film shoots at an acting and film school have agreed to drop their claims against him as part of a settlement reached earlier this month.
Franco who is well known for his role in Seth Rogen comedies, has kept a low profile since the allegations emerged.
Franco’s lawyers initially described the claims as “false and inflammatory, legally baseless and brought as a class action with the obvious goal of grabbing as much publicity as possible for attention-hungry Plaintiffs.”
Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini, and his partners, who include Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis, are also named as defendants. The two parties had been discussing a settlement for several months, according to the filing, and the lawsuit’s progress had been paused while they did so.
On Sunday, lawyers for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement, which they said would be formalised in a court filing at a later date without providing further details. However, no word on how much money will exchange hands.