James Franco breaks his silence on allegations of sexual assault

James Franco breaks his silence on allegations of sexual assault

Paris, 2021-12-23 08:36:29. James Franco breaks his silence on allegations of sexual assault

Oscar-nominated actor James Franco has admitted sleeping with students at an acting school he once ran, saying he struggled with sex addiction and was working to improve his behavior in recent years.

In excerpts from The Jess Cagle Podcast published on Wednesday, Franco, 43, said that while teaching, he “slept with the students, and it was a mistake.”

He said he did not start school to lure women for sexual purposes.

“I suppose at the time, my thinking was consensual, OK,” he added on the SiriusXM podcast. “At that time I wasn’t pure.”

These statements were Franco’s first extensive comments about the accusations against him in nearly four years when the Los Angeles Times reported that five women had accused Franco of behavior they deemed inappropriate.

Later, in October 2019, two women filed a civil lawsuit against the “Pineapple Express” star, accusing him of exploiting aspiring actors at his defunct school and deceiving young women into filming explicit sex scenes.

Franco said he developed an addiction to sex after becoming sober from the alcoholism he developed at a young age.

“It’s a very powerful drug,” he said. “I stuck with it for another 20 years. The insidious part of it was that I stayed sober from alcohol that whole time.”

Franco co-hosted the Academy Awards in 2011 and was nominated for awards in 2012 for his performance in “127 Hours”.

This year, the actor agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle his 2019 civil lawsuit, according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

In the podcast interview, Franco also said that he has been recovering from a sex addiction since 2016 and is “doing a lot of work” after the allegations against him “and changing my identity.”

“I didn’t want to hurt people,” he said.

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