Award-winning actor slammed for ‘completely insensitive’ response to abuse allegations — Analysis
Lawyers representing two women who made sexual abuse allegations against actor James Franco have condemned “completely insensitive” remarks he made in an interview defending himself against the claims.
Toni Gaal and Sarah Tither Kaplan, in a joint statement to US media outlets Thursday, accused Franco of being a traitor. “blind about power dynamics”After having completed a “sham of an acting school,”His recent remarks about his behaviour were deplorable as he ignored the suffering and pain suffered by his victims.
“It is unbelievable that even after agreeing to a settlement he continues to downplay the survivors’ experiences and ignore their pain,”They said.
Franco responded to the misconduct claims in a lengthy, public statement earlier this week. It was almost four years ago that the accusations were first made.
Accepting that he “did sleep with students”And his behaviour was “wrong,”Franco also claimed that he suffered from a sex addict at the time. Sex is being called a “sex addiction”. “powerful drug”He “got hooked on”After becoming sober, the actor stated that he believes the sex was real “consensual,”However, it was not. “clearheaded”At the moment.
Franco denied that he attended acting school in the podcast interview. “create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation.”This allegation was made by the actor at 43 years old “misconception”And argued that the school was started by him to assist those who could not. “afford” Other institutions may offer programs.
Following the actor’s remarks, the statement on behalf of two of Franco’s accusers declared that “nobody should confuse this interview with Franco taking accountability for his actions or expressing remorse over what happened,” Add that “it is a transparent ducking of the real issues.”
Tither Kaplan and Gaal brought a civil action against Franco in October 2019 over these allegations. According to Los Angeles Court documents, the actor had already agreed to pay $2.2million in settlement.
The parties reached an agreement that “while Defendants continue to deny the allegations in the Complaint, they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues; and all parties strongly believe that now is a critical time to focus on addressing the mistreatment of women in Hollywood.”
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