Actor James Franco has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct brought against him nearly four years ago, admitting that he slept with students at his drama school, despite previously denying the allegations.
When performing on SiriusXMs “The Jess Cagle Podcast“Franco admitted that he slept inappropriately with his students in Studio 4.
“During my apprenticeship, I slept with students and that was wrong,” he said on the podcast. “But like I said, I didn’t start the school because of that, and I wasn’t the person who picked people for the class. So it wasn’t a ‘master plan’ on my part. But yeah, there were certain cases where I know you what was consensual with a student and it shouldn’t have been. “
Franco later added, “At the time, I wasn’t clear in my head, as I said. I think it just depends on my criteria like, ‘If this is consensual, I think it’s cool. We are all grown up. “So …. ‘”
He also associated his behavior at the time with sex addiction, which he believes manifested itself after he had sobered up from alcohol.
“It’s such a powerful drug,” he said. “I was addicted to it for another 20 years. The insidious thing about it is that I stayed sober from alcohol all the time. And I went to meetings all the time. I even tried to sponsor other people. So in my head, it is was like, “Oh, I’m sober. I live a spiritual life.” On the other hand, I’m acting out in all these other ways now and I couldn’t see it. “
Franco was accused of sexual misconduct and abuse of power as an acting teacher and mentor by several women in 2018 in an article in the Los Angeles Times, and a lawsuit that followed in 2019. The various allegations included inappropriate behavior on film sets, exposing himself without consent, removing guards during an oral sex scene on a film set, and using his position of power to perform sexual favors from. to solicit students. He was previously accused in 2014 of sending a 17-year-old a message on Instagram and suggesting that they get a hotel room together.
When the allegations were made, Franco denied them both publicly and through a lawyer. Later he reached a $ 2,235,000 settlement with former students who filed the lawsuit.
Then, earlier this year, longtime associate Seth Rogen publicly said he would no longer work with Franco following the allegations, having previously announced that he would continue to do so. He added that, given the allegations, her personal dynamic has changed over time.
On his most recent podcast appearance, Franco also confirmed that he and Rogen broke up:
“What he said is true,” he said. “We’re not working together right now and we have no plans to work together. Of course it was hurtful in the context, but I understand that he had to answer for me because I was silent. He had to answer for me and I don’t want that.”
Previously, Rogen and Franco had worked on a number of projects such as Pineapple Express and The Interview. Franco recently starred in the HBO drama The Deuce.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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