Remember the reports that film star, and Hollywood Heights and General Hospital guest star, James Franco failed one of his classes at NYU? Well, now it appears that a lawsuit had emerged from the disgruntled professor who failed Franco, giving the Oscar-nominee a “D” for playing hookey and missing 12 out of the 14 classes.
José Angel Santana told the New York Post that Franco is “a bully,” and that “He uses the bully pulpit of his celebrity to punish anyone who doesn’t do his bidding.” Santana is seeking unspecified monetary damages in the Manhattan Supreme Court civil action against Franco. The ex-instructor already sued NYU, and had blasted Franco for making “disparaging and inaccurate public statements.” Santana, insists he was only doing his job while other star-struck professors “bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment.”
Franco had told reporters Santana was “awful,” adding, “I didn’t feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher. No teacher will ever be fired from NYU for giving a student a ‘D.’ He wasn’t fired, he was asked not to come back after three years because they didn’t think he was a good teacher.”
Santana claims the actor had access to teaching records — but defamed him despite knowing the professor had “overwhelmingly positive student evaluations.” The angry professor also told the NY Post, “Whoever was in Clint Eastwood’s chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes!”
So what do you think soapers? Does the professor have a right to sue? Let us know your thoughts!