James Franco’s ex-students are accusing him of sexual exploitation.
The former students of his now-closed acting school claim in a new lawsuit that he pressured them to get naked for auditions while he dangled promises of movie roles that rarely panned out.
The suit, filed by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, says that both women were students at the Los Angeles branch of the Studio 4 school – which Franco co-founded – back in 2014.
The women claim Franco, and other instructors, engaged in “inappropriate and sexually charged behavior toward female students.” They also claim Franco created “an environment of harassment and sexual exploitation.”
Toni claims she was denied entry into a sex scenes master class because she had voiced uneasiness about how it was run. Sarah says she did get into the class, and actually did land roles in Franco productions, but was often required to shoot nude and/or sex scenes, TMZ reports.
In documents, she references one in particular, an orgy scene, where she claims Franco removed the plastic genital guards from “actresses’ vaginas while he simulated oral sex on them.”