When #MeToo became a verb, we knew it wasn’t just the laws of grammar that had been twisted.
Actor James Franco has spoken up to condemn those who have “ensnared an innocent man.”
That “innocent man” is himself.
Franco asked a court to throw out a class-action suit brought by two of his former acting students.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal filed the lawsuit last October.
It alleged Franco taught a “master class” on sex scenes, during which students were pressured to engage in activity that went beyond the industry norm.
The plaintiffs accused Franco of having “engaged in widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behaviour towards female students by sexualising their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects.”
Responding, his lawyers slammed the lawsuit as “salacious and false” saying, “it was filed ‘with the obvious goal of grabbing as much publicity as possible for attention-hungry plaintiffs.”
Lawyers added that Tither-Kaplan had planned to “jump on the bandwagon and insert herself into the media’s insatiable appetite to ruin the next celebrity.”
To #MeToo someone might be en vogue, and the insatiable media machine may well be demanding constant male fodder to destroy, but it may be wise to remember that not every man is Harvey Weinstein.
Feminist ideology does not have the best interest of men and women at heart; it’s all about power so let’s engage our brains and ensure the presumption of innocence isn’t sent the slammer too.
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