Sarah Tither-Kaplan Bio, Wiki
Sarah Tither-Kaplan was born in Harrison, Arkansas. Sarah is an actress who ran a music venue/performance space called “The Pink House” and produced plays she wrote under the name “Pink House Productions”. She is one of the five women accusing James Franco of sexual misconduct, with claims ranging from coerced oral sex to exploitative work environments in a lawsuit filed on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan Background
As er her IMDB, Sarah Tither-Kaplan was adopted and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began acting in school productions at the age of 6 and continued studying acting throughout high school and college. She graduated from USC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Industry in 2013. During college, Sarah ran a music venue/performance space called “The Pink House” and produced plays she wrote under the name “Pink House Productions”.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan one of the women accusing James Franco of sexual exploitation
In January 2018, five women accused James Franco of sexual misconduct, with claims ranging from coerced oral sex to exploitative work environments. Four of the women in that Los Angeles Times feature were students at Franco’s acting school, and one of those former students, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, is now part of a lawsuit against Franco.
According to the New York Times reports, a suit filed on Thursday, October 2nd, 2019 in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims that Tither-Kaplan and a woman named Toni Gaal allege Franco and his associates mistreated them sexually. The suit claims that sexual exploitation happened while using the school as a venue to exploit women and engage in “widespread inappropriate and sexually charged behavior towards female students by sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects.” Gaal was not part of the group of five who spoke with the LAT in 2018.
Franco, his business partner Vince Jolivette, the Rabbit Bandini production company, and its general manager, Jay Davis, are all named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The women say they were students at Franco’s Studio 4 acting school in 2014 in Los Angeles. They allege that the actions of Franco and his cohort “led to an environment of harassment and sexual exploitation both in and out of the class.” They say employment opportunities were promised but not followed through on, and that they were pressured to perform sexually explicit scenes or take off their clothes “while they were denied the protections of nudity riders and other film-industry guidelines that govern how actors can be portrayed and treated in nude scenes,” as the Times reports. The school is no longer in operation.
Gaal and Tither-Kaplan paid a $300 monthly tuition for the classes, but that there was also a $750 master class available specifically for sex scenes. The master classes required audition tapes be submitted to Franco for review, and he selected students based on said tapes, which prospective students had to forfeit their rights to upon submission.
Tither-Kaplan was accepted into that class and eventually appeared in some of Franco’s independent features. During an orgy scene in one of them, Tither-Kaplan says Franco “removed plastic guards that covered other actresses’ vaginas while he simulated oral sex on them, according to the lawsuit.”
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