James Franco Breaks Silence After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

James Franco broke his silence on allegations of sexual misconduct made four years ago in a revealing new interview.

“In 2018 there were some complaints about me and an article about me, and at that moment I thought, ‘Shut up. I’ll be, I’ll stop.’ It didn’t seem like the right time to say something, “il In a dubious battle The 43-year-old actor recalled during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle” podcast as he explained why he was now ready to speak out about the allegations.

In January 2018, Franco made headlines when five women, four of whom were former acting students of his, launched the allegations in an editorial by The Los Angeles Times. The Oscar-nominated actor previously owned an acting school, Playhouse West Studio 4, which was open from 2014 to 2017.

One of his alleged victims, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, claimed in 2018 that Franco “abused his power by exploiting the not-so-famous women he worked with under the pretext of giving them opportunities.”

Franco said he slept with some of his students. “I haven’t slept with anyone in that particular class. But in the course of my teaching, I slept with students and that was wrong. But as I said, that’s not why I started the school and I wasn’t the person selecting people to put in the class. So, it wasn’t a master plan on my part. But yeah, there have been some cases where, you know, I was in a consensual thing with a student, and I shouldn’t have been. “

Franco later reached an agreement with Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal – two of his acting alumni who filed a lawsuit against him in 2019 – for which he reportedly paid them $ 2,235,000. As part of the deal reached in 2021, Tither-Kaplan and Gaal have decided to drop their individual claims, Us Weekly reported at the time.

“There were people who were mad at me and I needed to listen,” Franco said about why he kept his mouth shut on the subject in hindsight, confessing he struggled with sex addiction for years after. having detoxified from alcohol when he was younger.

“There is a writer Damon Young, and he talked about when something like this happens, the natural human instinct is simply to make it stop. You just want to get out of it and whatever you have to apologize for, you know, do it. But what it doesn’t do is allow you to do the work and see what was underneath ”.


Franco explained that at the time he felt like he was leading a “spiritual life” because he was no longer addicted to alcohol, revealing that this led him to “act” in other ways. The 22.11.63 the star also said she “cheated on everyone” before starting dating her current girlfriend Isabel Pakzad, telling Cagle that he was “completely blind to power dynamics or something, but also completely blind to people’s feelings.”

“I didn’t want to hurt people,” Franco said. “Actually, I wasn’t the one night stand type. The people I met or dated, I would see them for a long time, years. It’s just that I couldn’t be there for any of them. And the behavior turned to a point where it was like I was hurting everyone. “

Franco said that he has worked a lot on himself since then, and he also had another reason for doing the interview: the people who were closest to him.

“It’s one of the main reasons I wanted to talk to you today,” he added. “I do not want Seth [Rogen] or my brother [Dave Franco] or whoever has to answer for me anymore “.

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