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James Franco Steps Out Following Lawsuit from Former Students

James Franco was spotted for the first time since former students filed a lawsuit against him.

The 41-year-old actor was seen while out and about on Friday afternoon (October 4) in New York City.

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James‘ students from his former acting school Studio 4 are claiming they were sexually exploited by the actor and his partners.

The two women say that James and the defendants “engaged in widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behavior towards female students by sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects.”

James‘ legal team quickly responded to the claims. Find out what they had to say.

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James Franco's Lawyer Responds to Lawsuit from Former Students

James Franco‘s lawyer is responding after a lawsuit was filed alleging that students at the actor’s acting school were sexually exploited.

It seems the 41-year-old actor’s legal team is confident that he will be victorious in the lawsuit. He also plans on seeking damages from the plaintiffs, i.e. his former students.

“This is not the first time that these claims have been made and they have already been debunked,” attorney Michael Plonsker said in a statement to THR. “We have not had an opportunity to review the ill-informed Complaint in depth since it was leaked to the press before it was filed and our client has yet to even be served. James will not only fully defend himself, but will also seek damages from the plaintiffs and their attorneys for filing this scurrilous publicity seeking lawsuit.”

MORE DETAILS: Learn what the plaintiffs are saying in the lawsuit

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James Franco Is Being Sued by Women Who Say His Acting School Sexually Exploited Them

Two women are suing James Franco and his former acting school Studio 4. The women allege that they were sexually exploited by the actor and his partners during their time as students.

The lawsuit, filed by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, alleges that the defendants “engaged in widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behavior towards female students by sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects.”

They claim that these actions “led to an environment of harassment and sexual exploitation both in and out of the class.”

James opened the acting school, with branches in Los Angeles and New York, in 2014. The school was closed in the fall of 2017. The two women say they paid a monthly tuition of about $300 and the school also offered additional master classes that went up to $2,000 each, including a $750 master class for sex scenes.

The lawsuit claims that students who wanted to join the sex scenes class were required to audition on videotape and “sign away their rights to these recordings,” according to The New York Times.

“The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and the return or destruction of any video recordings of former Studio 4 class members, as well as class-action status so other women who may have similar experiences can join,” the paper reports.

James was previously the subject of #MeToo allegations back in 2018 and in an interview shortly after the accusations were made public he said, “If there’s restitution to be made, I will make it. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off.”

Sarah Tither-Kaplan was one of the women who spoke up back then and she doesn’t feel he has lived up to his promises. She said, “I can’t sleep at night knowing that my coming forward, originally, did not do the work that I wanted it to do yet. There still has been no action, publicly, that shows me that these people know what they did is wrong and harmful and can’t been repeated.”

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James Franco Supports The Smiths While Out in Los Angeles

James Franco enjoys the sunny weather as he walks to a meeting on Thursday afternoon (September 12) in Los Angeles.

The 41-year-old actor and director looked cool in a The Smiths band T-shirt, sunglasses, and a maroon baseball hat for his afternoon outing.
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Last week, James and girlfriend Isabel Pakzad stepped out for the premiere of the third and final season of his HBO series The Deuce in New York City.

Late last month, the couple was spotted on vacation with friends in Greece!

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James Franco Brings Girlfriend Isabel Pakzad to 'The Deuce' Season 3 Premiere!

James Franco walks the red carpet with his longtime love Isabel Pakzad at the season three premiere of The Deuce on Thursday night (September 5) at Metrograph in New York City.

The 41-year-old actor was also joined at the event by his co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva, Emily Meade, David Krumholtz, Daniel Sauli, Chris Bauer, Olivia Luccardi, and Sepideh Moafi, among others.

The third and final season of the HBO series will be premiering on September 9.

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James Franco & Girlfriend Isabel Pakzad Ride a Quad Bike at the Beach in Mykonos

James Franco drives around on a quad bike with Isabel Pakzad!

The 41-year-old The Disaster Artist actor and his girlfriend were spotted donning their helmets and taking a ride at the beach on Wednesday (August 28) in Mykonos, Greece.

The couple reportedly spent the day swimming in the sea before heading to Solymar on Kalo Livadi beach by quad bike.

The night before, the duo was seen doing some shopping, carrying their large bags of purchases.

See photos of James Franco shirtless and Isabel Pakzad in a bikini during their vacation if you missed them!

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