Actor James Franco

Actor James Franco Breaks Sexual Misconduct Silence

Actor James Franco has spoken out about sexual misconduct charges, months after agreeing to pay $2.2 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by former Studio 4 students who accused him of sexual harassment in 2019.

Franco, 43, blamed addiction — to work and sex — for his public troubles over the years in an interview on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Podcast,” which will be broadcast in its full on Thursday.

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“Once I realized I couldn’t fill that hole with booze, it was like — oh, success?” attention? This is fantastic. “And so, in a strange way, I grew hooked to validation, I think, or success, or whatever it is,” Franco said in a portion of the interview featured in a series of YouTube videos released by SiriusXM on Wednesday.

A request for response from Franco’s representatives was not immediately returned.

Franco ties his childhood battle with alcoholism and his choice to get clean at 17 to what he alternately characterizes as a fight with an addiction to “success,” “attention,” and “sex” in released snippets of the conversation.

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Actor James Franco being interviewed about payment for sexual misconduct lawsuit

“Women’s attention and accomplishment became a tremendous source of affirmation for me,” Franco said. “The trouble with it is, as you can probably predict, there’s never enough of anything, like any medicine or anything.”

After receiving a book on sex and love addiction from his sister-in-law, he was able to recognize his experience, he claimed.

“It struck me like a bullet when I read this book and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s me,'” Franco remarked. “It’s such a strong drug, and I’ve been addicted to it for another 20 years.”

In a lawsuit filed in 2019, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal claimed that Franco forced them and other Studio 4 pupils to record overt sexual practices.

Actor James Franco was accused of trying to “sexualize their authority and renown by dangling the chance of work in cinema and television to aspiring actors in return for graphic nudity, sex, and, as Franco described it, the’pushing of limits'” at Studio 4, according to the lawsuit.

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Franco refuted all claims of wrongdoing in a statement provided by both parties as part of the settlement.

“While Defendants continue to reject the accusations in the lawsuit, they accept that Plaintiffs have addressed major problems,” the joint statement stated. “All parties firmly think that now is a key moment to concentrate on addressing the maltreatment of women in Hollywood.”

Franco denied using his acting school to construct a “pipeline of young women” for exploitation “in the guise of education” on Wednesday, stating he had consensual intercourse with pupils.

Franco described naming one of his acting school courses “masterclass: sex scenes” as “one of the stupidest things I ever did,” calling it a poor attempt to be “provocative.”

“I didn’t have any sexual relations with anybody in the class.” But I did sleep with kids throughout my teaching career, and that was bad,” Franco stated.

When asked about the power relationship between him and his pupils at the time, Franco stated, “If this is consensual, I believe it’s okay.”

Franco also addressed actor Seth Rogen’s May statement that he would no longer collaborate with him.

“We’re not working together right now, and we don’t have any intentions to work together,” Franco said. “Of course, it was terrible in context, but I understand why.” “Because I was mute, he had to speak for me.” One of the primary reasons I wanted to speak with you today is because of this…. I no longer want Seth, my brother, or anybody else to have to answer for me.”

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