July 25, 2021

Actor James Franco will pay $ 2.2 million to settle his sexual misconduct lawsuit

Published:

1 Jul 2021 11:11 GMT

In February the two parties reached a deal to settle the class action lawsuit for the first time, but it took several months to pin down the details.

American actor James Franco will pay $ 2.2 million to settle the lawsuit against him for inappropriate and sexually charged conduct towards his students, following an agreement between both parties that will be submitted to the approval of a Los Angeles judge, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Two actresses who studied at Franco’s acting school lead the lawsuit, which was officially brought to justice in 2019. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal say the artist pushed his students to act in explicit sex scenes, in an “orgy-like setting,” they went well beyond what was acceptable on Hollywood film sets, the AP notes. Franco’s producer, Rabbit Bandini, and her associates were also charged.

According to court documents released Wednesday, the terms of the agreement stipulate that Tither-Kaplan would receive $ 670,500, minus 223,500 fees for his attorneys. Gaal would get $ 223,500, of which 74,500 would go to their legal representatives. The remaining 1.3 million would be distributed among other students who claim to have been victims of fraud at the Studio 4 Film School training center, founded by Franco and which closed its doors in 2017.

The court agreement requires that both Tither-Kaplan and Gaal and the rest of the people involved make their demands public. The unclaimed money it would go to the National Center for Women’s Law, a non-profit organization that advocates for women’s rights through political initiatives and litigation. The agreement includes “non-economic” terms that have not been made public and a joint statement. “Everyone agrees on the need to ensure that no one in the entertainment industry, regardless of sex, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, origin, gender or sexual orientation, faces discrimination, harassment or prejudice of any kind,” it highlights The document.

The two parties reached a deal to settle the class action lawsuit for the first time in February, but it took several months to pin down the details. At the time Franco agreed that Tither-Kaplan and Gaal would withdraw their individual claims, although it was not immediately known how much money was involved in that settlement.

Before filing the lawsuit, Tither-Kaplan and other women relayed their allegations of sexual misconduct against Franco shortly after he received the Golden Globe for best actor for the film ‘The Disaster Artist’ in early 2018, when the The #MeToo tag – which stands for support for victims of sexual harassment – was first spread in Hollywood.

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