James Franco Agrees to Pay $2.2 Million Settlement for Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit

Actor James Franco and his business partners have agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit led by his two former acting students.

According to the agreement first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on June 30, Franco, along with business partners Jay Davis and Vince Jolivette, will pay $2,235,00 as settlement in the lawsuit filed by former acting students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal last year.

Tither-Kaplan and Gaal accused Franco and his partners of “sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects.”

According to Tither-Kaplan and Gaal, Franco intimidated acting students into performing increasingly explicit sex scenes on camera while promising “false hopes of acquiring job opportunities, which Franco has repeatedly denied the allegations.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tither-Kaplan will receive $670,500 while Gaal will receive $223,500. The remaining $1.341 million will go to other students. Unclaimed money would be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

A judge in Los Angeles Superior Court still has to approve the terms of deal.

As part of the settlement, both parties agreed to  the following statement: “While Defendants continue to deny the allegations in the Complaint, they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues; and all parties strongly believe that now is a critical time to focus on addressing the mistreatment of women in Hollywood.”

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