James Franco sexual misconduct case ends in settlement

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  • James Franco has settled with two women who filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.
  • The actor was accused of abusing his power and sexual exploitation.
  • At the time, the 42-year-old told Stephen Colbert in an interview that the allegations against him were not accurate.


James Franco has reached a settlement with two women who filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him in 2019.

Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan first made the accusations against the actor in 2018 on Twitter after being pictured wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes award ceremony.

At the time, Franco told Stephen Colbert during an interview that the sexual allegations against him were not accurate.

The two former students of his now-closed acting school, Studio 4, accused the 42-year-old of abusing his power and sexual exploitation. Shortly after, more women came forward.

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Tither-Kaplan and another accuser, Toni Gaal went on to sue the actor, and now a settlement has been reached.

According to the Associated Press, a deal has been reached between Franco and Tither-Kaplan and Gaal. On 11 February, a joint status report was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court that they have reached a mutual settlement and that the plaintiffs dropped their charges.

The lawsuit alleged that Franco pushed students to perform explicit sex scenes on camera and that he "sought to create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education", reports AP.

A statement released to Entertainment Weekly on behalf of Valli Kane & Vagnini, LLP reads: "The Plaintiffs can confirm that the Parties filed a Joint Status Report notifying the Court of a tentative settlement. The settlement will be further memorialised in a Joint Stipulation of Settlement to be filed with the Court at a later date."

Since the accusations surfaced, Franco has stayed out of the limelight after gaining great acclaim for his role in the 2017 film The Disaster Artist. Following the allegations, Vanity Fair removed him from the magazine's 2018 Hollywood Issue.

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