Franco Professor Fired – James Franco received a “D” grade from a professor at New York University, and as a result, he was fired. Now he educator is suing the school.
Jose Angel Santana says the actor received the poor grade in his “Directing the Actor II” class because the star missed 12 of the 14 classes. The star had been attending NYU to attain his master’s in the fine arts.
Santana said he received public ridicule from Franco himself for the grade and was then axed from the school because of giving the grade and that other professors still gave Franco a high grade even though he missed as many classes.
“The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure,” Santana, 58, told The Post. “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”
Santana claims that one professor was hired by Franco to write and direct the film “William Vincent,” in exchange for a good grade and the department head was given a cameo role in another film in exchange for good grades.
Santana filed the lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court and is looking to receive his job back.
NYU spokesman John Beckman told E! the claims were “ridiculous” and added:
“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.”
Franco claims he did the work that the professor asked him to do and he exceeded in his other classes.