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NYU Prof: I Got Fired for Giving a 'D' to James Franco

And Jose Angel Santana is suing, of course
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2011 10:56 AM CST
NYU Professor Jose Angel Santana Says School Fired Him Because He Gave James Franco a D Grade
In this photo provided by the Austin Film Festival, James Franco arrives for a screening of 'Sal' in October.   (AP Photo/Austin Film Festival, Jack Plunkett)

(Newser) – James Franco's stint as a student at NYU is the gift that keeps on giving. A professor who gave him a D in acting class say he got fired for doing so and is suing the university for his job back, reports the New York Post. Jose Angel Santana says Franco skipped plenty of classes in most of his courses while at the school—and, specifically, didn't show up for 12 of Santana's 14 "Directing the Actor II" classes. But Santana says he was the only professor with the courage to give Franco a lousy grade. He says the school created a "Franco-friendly environment" to cash in on the actor's celeb status.

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“In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy,” he says. Neither the school nor Franco has commented on the lawsuit. Better look out, University of Houston, warns the Chronicle. (Click for more wacky celebrity news, involving ... Beyonce.)

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