- James Franco has admitted to sleeping with students at an acting school he used to run, claiming to have struggled with a sex addiction and working to improve his behaviour in recent years.
An Oscar nominee, James Franco, has confessed to sleeping with students at an acting school he used to run, saying he battled a sex addiction and has worked to improve his behavior in recent years.
Franco, 43, said he “did sleep with students, and that was wrong” while teaching, according to excerpts from The Jess Cagle Podcast made public on Wednesday.
He claimed that he did not start the school to lure women for sexual purposes.
In the SiriusXM podcast, he added, “I suppose at the time, my thinking was if it’s consensual, okay.” “I wasn’t thinking clearly at the time.”
Franco’s comments were his first extended response to allegations against him nearly four years ago when the Los Angeles Times reported that five women had accused Franco of inappropriate behavior.
Two women later filed a civil suit against the “Pineapple Express” star in October 2019, accusing him of exploiting aspiring actors at his now-defunct acting school and duping young women into filming explicit sex scenes.
Franco claimed that he developed a sex addiction after overcoming an alcohol addiction that he had developed at a young age.
“It’s such a strong drug,” he explained. “I was hooked for another 20 years. The insidious part of this is that I was alcohol-free for the entire time.”
Franco co-hosted the Oscars in 2011 and was nominated for his performance in “127 Hours” at the 2012 ceremony.
According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this year, the actor agreed to pay US$2.2 million to settle the civil lawsuit filed in 2019.
Franco also said in the podcast interview that he has been in recovery from sex addiction since 2016 and that following the allegations against him, he has “been doing a lot of work” and “changing who I was.”
He explained, “I didn’t want to hurt people.”
Source: CTV News
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