James Franco under fire with sexual harassment charges

Actor James Franco is being sued for sexual misconduct by two former students at his acting and film school. They allege that the Hollywood star engaged in "sexually-charged behaviour towards female students". He is accused of abusing his position by pushing female students in uncomfortable scenes and "dangling the opportunity for roles" in his films. The Pineapple Express and 127 Hours actor denies the claims, which his lawyer said were "ill-informed". The former students, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, said Franco tried to "create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education".