Deal reached in suit alleging James Franco sexual misconduct

Andrew Dalton, The Associated PressPublished Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:26PM EST
LOS ANGELES – A settlement agreement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged James Franco intimidated students at an acting and film school he founded into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations.
A status report jointly filed by the two sides in Los Angeles Superior Court said a settlement had been reached in the class-action suit brought by ex students at the now-defunct school, Studio 4, though aspects of the lawsuit may live on. The document was filed on Feb. 11, but the settlement has not previously been reported.
Actresses and ex-students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, who first filed the lawsuit in 2019, have agreed to drop their individual claims under the agreement, according to the court filing. Their lawsuit said Franco pushed his students into performing in increasingly explicit sex scenes on camera in an “orgy type setting” that went far beyond ……

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