Two actresses have suedand the acting and film school he founded, saying the actor intimidated his students into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, former students at Franco’s now-closed Studio 24, filed the suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The lawsuit says Franco pushed his students into performing in increasingly explicit sex scenes on camera in an “orgy type setting.” The women say roles in Franco’s films would be dangled to those who went along.
The suit also alleges “the school’s true goal was creating a constant pipeline of women Franco and others could exploit professionally and place in compromising sexual situations.” It also alleges that “Franco took the ‘casting couch’ to another level by creating a ‘casting class.'”