NYU Professor Sues James Franco For Defamation





James Franco is about to go from Hollywood Heights to a court of law. According to the New York Post, the movie star/scholar/novelist/artist/soap opera guest/future telenovela producer is being sued by a former NYU professor for defamation of character.

José Angel Santana reportedly gave Franco a 'D' for missing his film classes while enrolled at NYU. As a result of this, Santana is claiming Franco defamed him, leading to the educator's termination. Said Santana:

Whoever was in Clint Eastwood’s chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes,” José Angel Santana told The Post, referring to the “Dirty Harry” actor’s “conversation’’ with an empty chair meant to represent President Obama

Franco is “a bully,’’ said the former full-time professor. “He uses the bully pulpit of his celebrity to punish anyone who doesn’t do his bidding.”


The once frequent General Hospital guest star denies Santana was fired from the university because the teacher gave him a bad grad:

“No teacher will ever be fired from NYU for giving a student a ‘D,’ ’’ Franco told several media outlets in April. “He wasn’t fired, he was asked not to come back after three years because they didn’t think he was a good teacher.”

Santana, who reportedly made $70,000 a year teaching at NYU, is suing Franco for unspecified monetary damages. He also filed suit against NYU. Who do you believe, Franco or Santana? Sound off in the comments! 

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6 Responses

  1. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    One of the panelists on Chelsea Lately last night referred to him (derisively) as “a soap actor”. I’m sure he loves having his career whittled down to that!

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    Okay, a little disclosure, folks:

    I attended Grad School at NYU. I have not taken any courses with this professor (I was in the Writing Dept.) so I don’t know of his teaching methods or effectiveness. I do know that it is outrageous that any self respecting student would miss 12 out of 14 classes. I think in all my time, I missed may 1 or 2 classes, in my entire career as a student there! Once, when I had the flu and literally could not stand (almost passed out on the subway) and the other when torrential rain caused electrical problems on the commuter train that I was on, coming in from a weekend out of town and contacted my professor online immediately to inform her that I was stuck on a train and would most likely miss my class (and there are those professors who do not want you showing up late to their class, which is understandable because sometimes it is a disruption). Missing so many classes seems like such a waste–getting a D seems quite lenient to me.

    Generally most people know whether a class if for them or not based on a couple of classes in which time, I think you have at least a full week, maybe even 2 to drop a course. Usually you can wait until the next semester and take the course with a different instructor.

    I will say that the politics at some of the NYU schools were outrageous when I attended…there were definite pets/favorites and people who got ‘special’ deals, while the rest of us only had the quality of our hard work and were graded on this alone…nothing more, nothing less. I could tell you stories, but I won’t (LOL).

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    MsNixon

    I attended the film school at NYU in the ’90s. Back when I was a wee lad, the rule was two latenesses equals an absence, two absences equals an automatic failure. Some professors were more lenient than others but not by much. I guess times have changed.

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    RealityCheck 33

    This professor is an idiot, who wants attention in the media. He got fired because of other reasons than being dissed by Franco. It’s ridiculous on its non-merits and the suit will be thrown out. People sue for the silliest shit these days.

    I’m sure this nasty professor wants some OZ money.

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    [quote=MsNixon]I attended the film school at NYU in the ’90s. Back when I was a wee lad, the rule was two latenesses equals an absence, two absences equals an automatic failure. Some professors were more lenient than others but not by much. I guess times have changed.[/quote]

    I went in the 00s but I couldn’t tell you specifically how the Film school functioned but I know that the Film school, at least, had relatively up to date editing equipment. I was in the Dramatic Writing Dept. and had the sheer misery of trying to edit scenes on fossilized equipment. In my last semester, they had just announced some huge endowment that the school had gotten so I’m guessing DWP eventually got new equipment. Hopefully, NYU will have at least learned how to not ‘misplace’ today’s students scholarship money like they did mine ):

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    SZima

    [quote=RealityCheck 33]>This professor is an idiot, who wants attention in the media. He got fired because of other reasons than being dissed by Franco. It’s ridiculous on its non-merits and the suit will be thrown out. People sue for the silliest shit these days.
    >I’m sure this nasty professor wants some OZ money.[/quote]

    I think you’re probably correct in this. I have no love of Franco, but I do think way too many people out there are looking for the quick buck and will sue just about anyone over just about anything.

    Hmmmm…I need to put my thinking cap on. I could sure use a little influx of cash right now. :cash:

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