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James Franco goes incognito in baseball cap and face mask during jog with a friend in NYC

James Franco goes incognito in baseball cap and full face mask during jog with a friend in NYC… weeks after agreeing to pay $2.23M to resolve sexual misconduct lawsuit

  •  This came just weeks after settling a class-action sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by two female students at his now-defunct acting school
  • He has kept a relatively low profile amid sexual misconduct allegations dating back to 2014 
  • Back in February, Franco agreed to settle a 2019 suit with two women who were students of his former acting school Studio 4
  • They alleged the program ‘was little more than a scheme to provide him and his male collaborators with a pool of young female performers that they could take advantage of
  • Details of the settlement for the lawsuit, which includes a $2.235 million payout, was brought to the judge last month for approval
  • According to the filing, $894,000 will go ‘to settle the Named Plaintiffs individual sexual exploitation claims’ while the remaining $1.34 million goes to other students in the school, which had locations in New York and Los Angeles – unless they opt out of the settlement
  • Franco and his partners in the school, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis ‘continue to deny the allegations in the complaint’ but ‘they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues,’ according to a ‘public statement’ section in settlement

James Franco was seen going incognito just weeks after settling a class-action sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by two female students at his now-defunct acting school.

The 43-year-old actor – who has kept a relatively low profile amid sexual misconduct allegations dating back to 2014 – was seen out jogging in his adopted hometown of New York City on Sunday. 

By wearing a baseball cap and orange and black tie dye neck gaiter over much of his face, he looked unrecognizable as he made his way along the side of the streets with a friend by his side.

Working up a sweat: James Franco, 43, was spotted while out on a jog with a friend in New York City on Sunday

Franco, a Northern California native, hit the pavement in black-patterned shorts, a white t-shirt and black sneakers. 

With the temperatures hovering in the mid-80s Fahrenheit and the humidity about 70%, it was easy to see why Franco worked up a sweat in short order.  

To help motivate himself, the 127 Hours star appeared to be listening to music during part of his run.

Covered up: The Oscar nominated actor was unrecognizable wearing an orange and black tie dye neck gaiter over much of his face and a baseball cap

Covered up: The Oscar nominated actor was unrecognizable wearing an orange and black tie dye neck gaiter over much of his face and a baseball cap

At other times, he could be seen chatting with his male friend, who was dressed similarly in black shorts, a blue t-shirt, and sneakers.

He too made it hard to see his face by wearing a face mask and baseball hat combination amid the still dangerous COVID-19 pandemic.    

Back in February, Franco agreed to settle a 2019 suit with two women who were students of his former acting school Studio 4, who alleged the program ‘was little more than a scheme to provide him and his male collaborators with a pool of young female performers that they could take advantage of.’ 

The 127 Hours star agreed to settle a class-action sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by two female students at his now-defunct Studio 4 acting school in June

The 127 Hours star agreed to settle a class-action sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by two female students at his now-defunct Studio 4 acting school in June

Details of the settlement for the lawsuit, which includes a $2.235 million payout, was brought to the judge last month for approval. 

According to the filing, $894,000 will go ‘to settle the Named Plaintiffs individual sexual exploitation claims’ while the remaining $1.34 million goes to other students in the school, which had locations in New York and Los Angeles – unless they opt out of the settlement.  

Franco and his partners in the school, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis ‘continue to deny the allegations in the complaint’ but ‘they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues,’ according to a ‘public statement’ section in the settlement. 

Legal proceedings: Franco agreed to a $2.235 million payout to settle the sexual misconduct lawsuit; he is pictured in November 2017

Legal proceedings: Franco agreed to a $2.235 million payout to settle the sexual misconduct lawsuit; he is pictured in November 2017

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