Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, former students of James Franco‘s Studio 4 acting school, have reached a preliminary settlement agreement in their sexual misconduct suit against him and have agreed to drop their claims.
The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleged that the school sexually exploited female students. It also alleged fraud and sought to represent more than 100 former female students at the now defunct Studio 4. Vince Jolivette, Jay Davis and Franco’s RabbitBandini Productions were also named in the suit which accused Studio 4 of setting out to “create a steady stream of young women to objectify and exploit.”
Tither-Kaplan, who was a student in the class, told NPR she thought it would teach her how to “maneuver in sex scenes professionally as an actor,” but it “did not do that at all.”
According to Tither-Kaplan, the class did not explain industry standards such as “nudity riders, the detail required in them, the right to counsel with the director about nude scenes, the custom to choreograph nude scenes ahead of time to negotiate them with the cast and the director — I knew none of that throughout that class.”
Franco has denied the allegations. In a statement to NPR at the time, his attorney said “James will not only fully defend himself, but will also seek damages from the plaintiffs and their attorneys for filing this scurrilous publicity seeking lawsuit.”
It is not clear whether monetary payments are involved.