Franco Professor Fired

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Franco Professor FiredFranco Professor Fired, New York University professor of film studies Jos?© Angel Santana is suing the university because he says he lost his job for giving Oscar nominated actor James Franco a D. Franco, who has been caught sleeping during class at both NYU and Columbia University, was in pursuit of his third masters degree. Santana said he gave Franco a D in the class “Directing the Actor II” because Franco only attended two of the 14 classes.
Santana also said that his collegues at NYU are giving Franco good grades to encourage a celebrity-friendly environment and for good public relations practies for the university. He specifically pointed out fellow professor Jay Anania, who’s movie, William Vincent, Franco starred in.

NYU spokesman John Beckman told E! News in a statement:

“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.”

Franco has not commented on the lawsuit. He rejoined the Tisch School this fall as a member of the faculty, teaching a course on adapting poetry into films.

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