“Sex with the disciples”… James Franco admits after 4 years of ‘Me Too exposure’

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Hollywood actor James Franco, who starred in the movies ‘Spider-Man 3’ and ‘127 Hours’, admitted that he had sex with his students in the past.

On the 22nd (local time) on the US radio channel SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Podcast, Franco mentioned his sexual harassment case in 2018 and said, “With the students of the acting school I taught, “It’s true that I slept. That was wrong.”

“I didn’t start school to lure women for sexual purposes,” he said.

Also, “I was not clear at the time. I thought it was a consensual relationship. I thought it wouldn’t be a problem because it was an agreed relationship.”

Franco founded Studio 4, an acting school, in 2014. A total of five women, including four students taking acting classes at the time and another one, told the Los Angeles Times in 2018 that they had been sexually exploited by James Franco. Franco, who initially denied the allegations, paid the victims $2235,000 in settlement in June.

This is the first time Franco has admitted to the charges in public. “It’s a very powerful drug,” said Franco, who said she was being treated for a sex addict. “I’ve been obsessed with it for over 20 years. The worse part is that I haven’t been drinking the whole time.”

He added, “Since the suspicions arose, I have done a lot of work and changed me. I didn’t want to hurt people.”

James Franco made his face known in the movie ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007) by playing the role of Harry Osborne, the best friend of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the protagonist, in ‘Planet Evolution: The Beginning of Evolution’, ‘127 Hours’ and ‘Alien: Cover’. Nant’, etc.

‘The Disaster Artist’, who also challenged directing and served as both the lead and director, won the Best Actor Award in the Musical/Comedy category at the 2018 American Golden Globe Awards. This work was also nominated for an Academy Award that year, but was not nominated because of the #MeToo controversy.

(SBS Entertainment News reporter Kim Ji-hye)

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