A New York University professor has filed a lawsuit claiming that giving a bad grade to a well-known actor got the professor fired by the school, the New York Post reports.
The case involves actor James Franco, who has appeared in TV shows such as "Freaks and Geeks" as well as in movies including "Spider-Man." Jose Angel Santana says he gave Franco a “D” in his class after the actor skipped 12 of 14 class sessions in the Directing the Actor II course, the piece says.
Santana, who is suing the university in Manhattan Supreme Court to get reinstated at his job, asserts that other NYU professors gave Franco good grades despite his missing many of their classes as well, the story says.
“The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco," Santana said, according to the piece.
Franco, who had been working toward a master’s in fine arts, may have received good grades as payback for hiring NYU staff in his films, Santana alleges. He claims that the department’s chairman had a conflict of interest over appearing in a film financed by Franco and written and directed by the chair, the story notes.
Franco won a Golden Globe for playing the title role in the 2001 biofilm “James Dean.”