James Franco settled in a 2019 lawsuit by alumni of his now-defunct Studio 4 acting school, according to multiple reports. The lawsuit was filed by two women, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, who accused Franco of creating an environment of sexual harassment and exploitation.
Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, denied the claims in a previous statement to ET.
Tither-Kaplan and Gaal have agreed to withdraw their individual claims in a joint statement filed on February 11. Variety reports. Their allegations of sexual exploitation are also being dismissed without prejudice, so that they can be resubmitted. The fraud allegations filed in the lawsuit will be subject to limited disclosure. It is unclear how much money was involved in the deal.
In their lawsuit, Tither-Kaplan and Gaal claimed that Studio 4 was a scheme to provide Franco and his male partners with young women that they could take advantage of. They alleged that they were subjected to auditions and filming of films of sexual exploitation with promises of obtaining roles in films that were never materialized or released.
In a statement to ET in 2019, Franco’s attorney, Plonsker, denied the allegations. “This is not the first time these claims have been made and they have already been discredited,” he said, adding, “James will not only fully defend himself, but will also seek damages from the plaintiffs and their attorneys for bringing this defamation. advertising in search of demand “.
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