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James Franco and his girlfriend Isabel Pakzad show off some steamy PDA in Mykonos


James Franco and his actress girlfriend Isabel Pakzad packed on the PDA as they enjoyed a sun-soaked getaway together in Mykonos on Sunday. 

While taking a dip in the crystal-clear ocean, the Academy Award nominee,  43, flaunted his chiseled chest while donning a pair of grey swim shorts.

After tanning on a lounge chair under a large umbrella, the couple cooled off in the water, where they engaged in a passionate makeout session.  

Buff: James Franco and his actress girlfriend Isabel Pakzad packed on the PDA as they enjoyed a a sun-soaked getaway in Mykonos on Sunday 

Franco and Pakzad were unable to keep their hands off one another as they shared a romantic smooch and frolicked along the shore. 

Pakzad, who showed off her incredibly toned physique in a barely-there, beige bikini, looked completely in her element as she splashed around.   

The pair looked happier than ever as they showed off their continued blossoming romance as they hugged, kissed, and swam around. 

Stunning: Pakzad, who showed off her incredibly toned physique in a barely-there, beige bikini, looked completely in her element as she splashed around

Stunning: Pakzad, who showed off her incredibly toned physique in a barely-there, beige bikini, looked completely in her element as she splashed around

In love: After tanning on a lounge chair under a umbrella, the pair cooled off in the water, where they engaged in a passionate makeout session

In love: After tanning on a lounge chair under a umbrella, the pair cooled off in the water, where they engaged in a passionate makeout session

Summer of love: While taking a dip in the crystal-clear ocean, the Academy Award nominee, 43, flaunted his chiseled chest while donning a pair of grey swim shorts

Summer of love: While taking a dip in the crystal-clear ocean, the Academy Award nominee, 43, flaunted his chiseled chest while donning a pair of grey swim shorts

James and Isabel reportedly started dating in November 2017 but have kept their romance predominantly out of the spotlight. 

At the time, it was believed that James chose not to go public with the news he was dating Isabel given that he had found himself making headlines for alleged sexual misconduct just weeks into their romance.

It was claimed that the Hollywood star had previously been ‘abusing his power as an acting teacher in a sexually exploitative manner,’ PEOPLE reported in January 2018.

Blissful: Franco and Pakzad were unable to keep their hands off one another as they shared a romantic smooch

Blissful: Franco and Pakzad were unable to keep their hands off one another as they shared a romantic smooch

PDA: The pair looked happier than ever as they showed off their continued blossoming romance as they hugged and kissed swimming in the sea

PDA: The pair looked happier than ever as they showed off their continued blossoming romance as they hugged and kissed swimming in the sea

Making a splash! Pakzad dove into the water headfirst

Making a splash! Pakzad dove into the water headfirst

In late June, news broke that Franco agreed to pay $2.235 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two of his former students, according to a settlement.

Actresses and ex-students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal alleged in a 2020 lawsuit that Franco coerced them into sexual situations against their will, under the guise of it being part of an acting course.

The class-action lawsuit also named Franco’s partners in the school, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis.

Romantic getaway: With their sultry beach bodies in full view, the pair took a dip in the sea by cooling off from the excessive Greek heat

Romantic getaway: With their sultry beach bodies in full view, the pair took a dip in the sea by cooling off from the excessive Greek heat

As part of the settlement, Tither-Kaplan would receive $670,500, and Gaal would receive $223,500 – both minus attorney fees. The remaining $1,341,000 goes to other students in the school, which had locations in New York and Los Angeles – unless they opt out of the settlement.

Franco, Jolivette and 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.

‘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.’

Fun: Pakzad relaxed at Branco beach on their sun soaked holiday

Fun: Pakzad relaxed at Branco beach on their sun soaked holiday

Going strong: James and Isabel reportedly started dating in November 2017 but have kept their romance predominantly out of the spotlight

Going strong: James and Isabel reportedly started dating in November 2017 but have kept their romance predominantly out of the spotlight

It's believed that James chose not to go public with the news he was dating Isabel given that he had found himself making headlines for alleged sexual misconduct just weeks later

It’s believed that James chose not to go public with the news he was dating Isabel given that he had found himself making headlines for alleged sexual misconduct just weeks later

Tither-Kaplan tweeted after news of the settlement broke that she’s not commenting on the settlement except to say, ‘I’m very lucky to finally have a strong support system. I hope soon my focus can just be on making movies. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.’

Tither-Kaplan and Gaal said in the the class-action lawsuit that Franco and his partners ‘engaged 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.’

They argued they were victims of fraud, paying $300 a month for an acting school opened by Franco and his business partner Jolivette in 2014. The women, whose ages aren’t clear and weren’t disclosed in the settlement, further alleged that those who were willing to disrobe in front of Franco and his friends were given special treatment. 

Sexual misconduct lawsuit: In late June, news broke that Franco agreed to pay $2.235 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two of his former students, according to a settlement

Standing by her man's side: Actresses and ex-students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal alleged in a 2020 lawsuit that Franco coerced them into sexual situations against their will, under the guise of it being part of an acting course

Sexual misconduct lawsuit: In late June, news broke that Franco agreed to pay $2.235 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two of his former students, according to a settlement

Hot water: Franco's attorneys have previously denied the claims in the suit as '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'

Hot water: Franco’s attorneys have previously denied the claims in the suit as ‘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’

Making a splash: Isabel made her way out of the surf beside her man

Making a splash: Isabel made her way out of the surf beside her man

Disgraceful behavior: The Disaster Artist actor allegedly took advantage of his role as instructor by persuading female students to disrobe and/or engage in sexually-charged stage scenes with the suggestion they would get cast in one of his projects

Disgraceful behavior: The Disaster Artist actor allegedly took advantage of his role as instructor by persuading female students to disrobe and/or engage in sexually-charged stage scenes with the suggestion they would get cast in one of his projects

Franco’s attorneys have previously denied the claims in the suit as ‘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.’

As part of the settlement, Tither-Kaplan and Gaal drop their claims without prejudice, with other members of the class given roughly two months to opt out should they choose to further pursue their case. Any unclaimed monies would be contributed to the National Women’s Center.

There were no criminal charges brought in regard to the allegations.

The Disaster Artist actor allegedly took advantage of his role as instructor by persuading female students to disrobe and/or engage in sexually-charged stage scenes with the suggestion they would get cast in one of his projects.

Shut down: The school's two-year program promised to teach students the Meisner method, 'as practiced by Franco while giving them the ability to audition and be hired as talent for RabbitBandini Productions,' the suit claims, making a reference to one of the actor's production firms, all the while 'sexually exploiting and humiliating female students and actors'

Shut down: The school’s two-year program promised to teach students the Meisner method, ‘as practiced by Franco while giving them the ability to audition and be hired as talent for RabbitBandini Productions,’ the suit claims, making a reference to one of the actor’s production firms, all the while ‘sexually exploiting and humiliating female students and actors’

Not okay: According to documents related to the case, Franco offered roles in films he was either producing or directing in exchange for the actresses performing explicit scenes or engaging in sexually-charged auditions for him

Not okay: According to documents related to the case, Franco offered roles in films he was either producing or directing in exchange for the actresses performing explicit scenes or engaging in sexually-charged auditions for him

Pakzad, who is 15 years younger than her boyfriend, has not commented the allegations against Franco, but has stayed by his side through it all

Pakzad, who is 15 years younger than her boyfriend, has not commented the allegations against Franco, but has stayed by his side through it all

James and his partners in the school, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis, through the academy and their various production companies opted to ‘sexualize their power and fame’ by dangling opportunities to students.

Both Jolivette and Davis, who are cousins, are alleged to have recruited women along with ‘various other ‘scouts’ tasked with the job of seeking out young, naïve women between the ages of 17 [and] 24 because these women would not know how the film industry functioned,’ the suit claims.

The school’s two-year program promised to teach students the Meisner method, ‘as practiced by Franco while giving them the ability to audition and be hired as talent for RabbitBandini Productions,’ the suit claims, making a reference to one of the actor’s production firms, all the while ‘sexually exploiting and humiliating female students and actors.’

Acting career: Franco shot to fame with roles in 127 Hours, Spider-Man and The Disaster Artist, in which he won a Golden Globe

Acting career: Franco shot to fame with roles in 127 Hours, Spider-Man and The Disaster Artist, in which he won a Golden Globe

Moving up: Pakzad most recently had a small role in Birds of Prey and landed a starring role in an episode of Franco's The Deuce

Moving up: Pakzad most recently had a small role in Birds of Prey and landed a starring role in an episode of Franco’s The Deuce

Trying: Franco previously spoke to Variety about working hard to be a better boyfriend after admitting to once having an assistant taking a past girlfriend to the hospital, who had been scratched in the eye by his cat

Trying: Franco previously spoke to Variety about working hard to be a better boyfriend after admitting to once having an assistant taking a past girlfriend to the hospital, who had been scratched in the eye by his cat

The complaint alleges that monthly tuition fees were used to fund Franco’s productions, which it said violates California’s ‘pay for play’ regulations, and lured students in by ‘providing them false hopes of acquiring job opportunities.’

The alleged incidents are purported to have taken place in 2014, the same year the school opened in Los Angeles, as well as with a location in New York. Tither-Kaplan enrolled in the school in February of that year and Gaal in April.

The school ultimately closed in 2017.

According to documents related to the case, Franco offered roles in films he was either producing or directing in exchange for the actresses performing explicit scenes or engaging in sexually-charged auditions for him. 

A nightmare: Franco has been keeping a low profile amid sexual misconduct accusations; seen in 2018

A nightmare: Franco has been keeping a low profile amid sexual misconduct accusations; seen in 2018

Tither-Kaplan's tweet pictured above was among several made after Franco's appearance at the Golden Globes, alleging sexual improprieties and exploitation

Tither-Kaplan’s tweet pictured above was among several made after Franco’s appearance at the Golden Globes, alleging sexual improprieties and exploitation

Tither-Kaplan and Gaal’s suit alleged that the Franco eschewed current film industry guidelines for nude scenes.

Documents from the case say that Franco ‘routinely pressured to engage in simulated sex acts that went far beyond the standards in the industry.’

Gaal claims that she was denied entry to a special ‘sex scenes master class’ for expressing her concern over the class. ‘She was told by a male employee to ‘grow thicker skin’ and stop being so sensitive,’ the suit claims.

Accusations: The alleged incidents are purported to have taken place in 2014, the same year the school opened in Los Angeles, as well as with a location in New York; Franco is pictured here on the set of 'The Deuce' on April 15, 2019 in New York City

Accusations: The alleged incidents are purported to have taken place in 2014, the same year the school opened in Los Angeles, as well as with a location in New York; Franco is pictured here on the set of ‘The Deuce’ on April 15, 2019 in New York City

Meanwhile, Tither-Kaplan says she was permitted to join the class and was also given roles in Franco productions, but only after required to shoot nude scenes or sex scenes.

Tither-Kaplan and two other women first aired their sexual misconduct allegations in 2018 in light of the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood, just after Franco won a Golden Globe for his film The Disaster Artist.

She tweeted, ‘Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes, remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!’



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