James Franco has continued working (although with less rhythm) in the odd production, even with the shadow of the cancellation looming very closely . So much is the rejection of Hollywood that even his best friend Seth Rogen, rejects any idea of working with him again. The events related to the sex scandals emerged in 2017, however the lawsuit would be filed a year later. It alleged that the actor sought to create a line of young women who were subjected to sexual and professional exploitation in the name of education. These events allegedly happened in the Master Class that the Oscar-nominated actor taught at his Studio 4 acting school.
The settlement is still pending approval, but both the Freaks and Geeks actor and his school partners have already agreed to pay $ 2.235 billion to settle the lawsuit . The two former students leading the lawsuit, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, jointly turned a sexual exploitation complaint into a joint fraud lawsuit for their lawyers, involving Franco and all the students he taught at the two Studio 4 schools. Film School that were in Los Angeles and New York.
More than $ 2 million but Franco’s fault is not acknowledged
Although both Franco and his partners have had to pay more than two million dollars, the defendants do not admit any type of guilt either in the scam or in the sex scandals in the letter: “Although the defendants continue to deny the accusations in the lawsuit , acknowledge that the plaintiffs have raised important issues; and all parties strongly believe that now is a critical time to focus on addressing the abuse of women in Hollywood. Everyone agrees on the need to ensure that no one in the entertainment industry (…) suffers from prejudice of any kind ”.
According to the final agreement, of the more than two million dollars, 894,000 will go to solve all the cases of individual sexual exploitation of Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal. 75% of the remaining money will go to those affected by the Master Class and the other 25% to the general class of Studio 4.