The two alumni who sued in 2019 accused actor and filmmaker James Franco of blaming them for shooting sexually abused auditions and films at an acting and film school, accusing them of agreeing to drop their claims against him Expressed because part of a settlement was reached earlier. this month.
On February 11, a joint status report was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court stating that the two women who brought the suit, Sarah Ter-Kaplan and Tony Cheek, agreed to drop their personal claims against Mr. Franco. Not disclosed.
Details were filed by the Associated Press on Saturday 11 February. On Sunday, the plaintiff’s attorneys confirmed the settlement, which they said would be a formality to be filed in court at a later date. He did not provide further details.
Ms. Ter-Kaplan and Ms. Gaal said in a 2019 filing that Mr. Franco had intimidated them into performing scandalous sex scenes while denying protection to nudity riders when they were students in a master class in sex scenes in their school studios Were. 4, which operated from 2014 to 2017 and had branches in Los Angeles and New York.
According to the suit, Mr. Franco “sought to build a pipeline of young women victims of their personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education.” The two women said that those who collaborated were confident that by doing so they would play a role in Mr. Franco’s films.
Lawyers for Mr. Franco did not respond to an email seeking comment on Sunday. Mr Franco has previously denied the allegations.
Mr. Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini and his partners, including Vince Jolivet and Jay Davis, have also been named as defendants. According to the filing, the two sides had been discussing an agreement for several months, and while doing so the progress of the lawsuit was stalled. Mr Jolivet’s lawyers did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Reportedly, the other plaintiffs’ claims in the class-action filing would be dismissed without prejudice under the terms of the settlement, meaning they could be refined at a later date.
Prior to filing the lawsuit in January 2018, Ms. Ter-Kaplan and several other women accused Mr. Franco of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times story after winning a Golden Globe for her performance in “The Disaster Artist” in January 2018 Was. The women discussed their experiences with Mr. Franco, which they shared during social media posts during and after the broadcast between the #MeToo movement.
Mr Franco continued to appear publicly in the days following the allegations, stating that he supported the closure of sexual misconduct while supporting women’s rights but said specific claims about him were false.
Mr Franco denied the allegations in an appearance on “The Late Show”, but told host Stephen Colbert: “If there’s restoration there, I’ll make it. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it Is closed. “