Fired for giving James Franco a “D”?

Acting professor sues NYU for wrongful termination

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Photo by Vanessa Lua (Wikimedia Commons)

Photo by Vanessa Lua (Wikimedia Commons)

An acting professor is suing New York University for wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment, alleging that he was fired for giving James Franco a “D.”

Franco, famous for his roles in films like 127 Hours and for hosting the Oscars in February, missed 12 out of 14 classes at the school where he’s pursing a Master of Fine Arts degree, according to Prof. Jose Angel Santana. “The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure. The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco,” Santana told CBS News.

An NYU spokesman told CBS: “We have not seen the lawsuit yet, but the claims we are seeing in the media are ridiculous. Beyond that, it is regrettable and disappointing to see a faculty member — former or otherwise — discuss any student’s grade for the purpose of personal publicity.”