If you are wondering where James Franco is, we have an answer for you. He is currently having the time of his life in a sun-soaked getaway at Mykonos.
Franco and his girlfriend were spotted tanning on a sun lounger, under a huge umbrella while playfully touching each other. After tanning, they took a dip in the cool waters of the oceans and were unable to keep their hands off each other, as they engaged in several “make out” sessions.
Satisfied with their swim, they frolicked along the shore with Franco revealing his hunky physique and six-pack in a pair of navy swimming trunks while Isabel flaunted her toned frame in a scanty floral strapless bikini.
It’s uncertain how James met his beau, but he used to be an instructor at USC where she’s currently enrolled in for a master’s degree.
Franco’s Relationship With Isabel
According to close sources, Franco started dating Isabel in November 2017. Isabel is an actress who has featured in movies such as “Birds Of Prey,” “The Deuce” and “This is 25.”
Late last year, “The Disaster Artist” actor shed some light on his relationship with Pakzad to Variety, revealing that he’s working harder to be there for her than he was with his ex.
“There was one instance, this old girlfriend was visiting me in New York,” Franco said. “I came out here for school. My cat had scratched her in the eye. I had so much work to get done for the next day, I didn’t take her to the hospital.”
“I had my assistant take her. That moment haunted me so much. What kind of selfish, self-centered boyfriend are you?” he added.
At the time the pair met and started dating, it was believed that they decided to keep their status under wraps as Franco was making headlines for alleged sexual misconduct.
Sexual Misconduct Allegations
According to a source for People, James was gutted by the allegations of sexual misconduct while teaching acting at his New York school.
“He’s in a really bad place. His close friends are trying to be there for him,” the source said.
A second source who had worked with Franco also disclosed how he felt about the accusations to the news outlet.
“I’m appalled by this thing about him that is happening. Now all of a sudden, he’s a bad guy? I worked with him; I know him. … He’s a kind friend, lovely professional. I’m absolutely appalled by this.”
The allegations claimed that Franco had sexually harassed two former female students at his acting school, coercing them to perform explicit sex scenes on camera.
Both ladies Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaalbrought then brought a class-action lawsuit against him and his partners in the school, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis.
Franco’s attorneys vehemently denied the allegations in the suit stating that it was “false and inflammatory, legally baseless and brought as a class action with the obvious goal of grabbing as much publicity as possible for attention-hungry Plaintiffs.”
Their staunch stance was only for a while as the actor chose to settle out of court.
News broke out mid this year, that Franco had agreed to pay $2.235 million to settle the lawsuit brought by two of his former students.
Of the $2,235,000 in the agreement, $894,000 went to the named plaintiffs, with Tither-Kaplan receiving $670,500, and Gaal receiving $223,500 — both minus attorney fees. The rest of the money was placed into a common fund for the rest of the members of the class action.
Also, as part of the agreement, all parties to the suit released a joint statement in which Franco continued to deny the allegations brought against him.
“The parties and their counsel are pleased to have resolved portions of this dispute and pending lawsuit.
“While Defendants continue to deny the allegations in the complaint, they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues; and all parties strongly believe that now is a critical time to focus on addressing the mistreatment of women in Hollywood.”
“All agree on the need to make sure that no one in the entertainment industry — regardless of sex, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, background, gender or sexual orientation — faces discrimination, harassment or prejudice of any kind,” the statement said.
What’s Next For Franco’s Career?
Sadly, accusations like this come with severe consequences whether they are false or true. Several seeds of doubt have been sown in the minds of fans and producers alike and it may take a while before we see Franco on the big screens M again.
Already, his frequent collaborator Seth Rogen has decided not to work with him anymore, disclosing it in an interview with The Sunday Times.
“What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that, I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic,” the comedian revealed.
It’s been a long fall from grace for Franco, hopefully, he might find redemption someday.