James Franco admits sleeping with college students, says he was sexually addicted

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Oscar-nominated actor James Franco admitted to sleeping with students at a drama school he previously ran, saying he struggled with a sex addiction and worked hard to improve his performance. behavior in recent years.

In clips from Jess Cagle’s podcast released on Wednesday, Franco, 43, said that while teaching he “slept with students, and it was wrong.” He said he didn’t start school to attract women for sex. “I guess at the time I thought if it was consensus, okay,” he added on the SiriusXM podcast. “At the time, I was not clear-headed.

The remarks were Franco’s first protracted comments on the charges against him nearly four years ago, when the Los Angeles Times reported that five women had accused Franco of conduct they considered inappropriate. Later, in October 2019, two women filed a civil lawsuit https://www.reuters.com/article/centertainment-us-people-james-franco-idCAKBN1WJ07K-OCAEN against the “Pineapple Express” star, the ‘accusing of exploiting aspiring actors from his now-defunct school and duping young women into making explicit sex scenes.

Franco said he developed a sex addiction after becoming sober from an alcohol addiction he developed at a young age. “It’s such a powerful drug,” he said. “I was addicted to it for another 20 years. The most insidious thing was that I stayed clean all the time.”

Franco co-hosted the Oscars in 2011 and was nominated for the 2012 awards for his performance in “127 Hours”. The actor agreed this year to pay $ 2.2 million to settle the 2019 civil lawsuit, according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

In the podcast interview, Franco also said he has been recovering from his sex addiction since 2016 and has “done a lot of work” after the allegations against him “and changed who I was.” “I didn’t want to hurt people,” he said.

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