According to a report from The Wrap, two additional women came out of the woodwork to accuse the Hollywood filmmaker and actor, James Franco, of sexual exploitation. The women claim they were exploited by James at a now-defunct school at which they had been enrolled. James hosted the school.
The two women, who attended Franco’s Playhouse West Studio 4, claimed the class was really just a ploy for James and his friends to exploit women looking to learn from him. In their suit, the women accused Franco of misleading them into believing they would star in a movie with him, in either a movie that never came to be, or was never released at all.
On Thursday, the women’s attornies-at-law, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, and Toni Gaal filed the lawsuit against Mr. Franco in a Los Angeles County Superior Court. Jay Davis and Vince Jolivette, the business partners of James in the creation of the school, were also included in the suit along with the production company they created which was managed by Jay Davis, Rabbit Bandini.
In the suit, the two accusers claim James and the other defendants’ actions played a role in the creation of an environment in which women were exploited or directly harassed, outside of the classroom and in the classroom.
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Franco and Jolivette first created the organization five years ago in 2014, with associations in New York as well as Los Angeles. To attend the institution, students had to pay $300 for enrollment, among other fees for “masterclasses.”
The suit read that James and the other defendants were requested to appear without a shirt and perform in other sex scenes, including “orgies” and other scenes involving nudity.
According to the women in the court documents, the sex scenes were requested of them simply out of power, and not for any other specific reason.
In addition to the aforementioned transgressions, the lawsuit claimed James would have women perform in “on-tape auditions” for him. Moreover, these acts didn’t include typically closed sets or what’s called in the industry as “nudity riders.”