It appears there are all sorts of predatory types in the entertainment industry, not just your stereotypical dirty old men.
The latest star to officially be accused of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behaviour is Oscar-winning actor and director James Franco.
After at least five women came forward in January last year to allege that Franco had manipulated them into sexual activity, two former acting students of his have this week officially filed a lawsuit against Franco.
While names of the prosecutors have not been published, it is assumed one of the women suing is Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who attended Franco’s now defunct North Hollywood acting school, Studio4.
No mention has been made of the fact that a couple of Franco’s films projects – including ‘The Disaster Artist’ – involved full or partial nudity in some fairly strong sex scenes.
Tither-Kaplan initially had taken to Twitter to state her claim of Franco’s sexual misconduct, writing “Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes, remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Time’s up on that!”
The women in the suit – which focuses on sex discrimination, sexual harassment, fraud, and false advertising – said they were intimidated and sexually objectified, and that they found students who did disrobe in front of Franco and his friends were given special treatment in classes.
No mention has been made yet of the fact that a couple of Franco’s films projects – including The Disaster Artist – involved full or partial nudity in some fairly strong sex scenes.