James Franco's high school removes his art after allegations - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

James Franco's high school removes his art after allegations

Posted: Updated:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - James Franco's former high school has taken down a mural he painted and plans to remove other art donated by the celebrity alumnus who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

Removing the artwork from Palo Alto High School is "in the best interests of our students in light of our educational mission," Superintendent Karen Hendricks said Thursday in a statement.

The statement did not mention the scandal surrounding Franco, which the school's newspaper reported was the reason the artwork was removed.

Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996 and his artwork has been featured prominently there.

Campus newspaper "The Paly Voice" quoted Principal Kim Diorio in a story earlier this week saying she had struggled with how to handle Franco's artistic contributions since allegations surfaced against him last month.

"These are still allegations," Diorio was quoted as saying. "He's denied those allegations and hasn't been charged with a crime."

Nonetheless, Diorio said: "I made the decision we'll take down the mural."

Attempts to speak with Diorio and other district officials were unsuccessful. Diorio referred calls to the superintendent's office which did not return several messages Thursday.

The school newspaper said Franco has actively contributed to campus arts programs since graduating. He has returned to give interviews to student publications, taught a film workshop and in 2014 loaned several paintings to the school, the newspaper said.

The artwork was never meant to be a permanent fixture, the superintendent said in her statement.

"James Franco donated multiple pieces of artwork and two murals to the Palo Alto High School campus," the statement said. One mural was removed in 2016.

"The second mural was taken down last week," the statement said, and remaining Franco artwork is "now being transitioned" off campus.

Five women accused Franco of sexual misconduct last month.

The actor-director responded to the allegations on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," saying if he's done something wrong he will fix it.

___

This story has been corrected to reflect the accurate spelling of Principal Kim Diorio's last name.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    Thursday, August 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-08-16 21:52:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...
    Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.More >>
    Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.More >>
  • Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

    Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-08-14 17:03:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill). The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north.(AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill). The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north.
    No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region.More >>
    No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region.More >>
  • Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

    Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 11:01 AM EDT2018-08-14 15:01:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, center right, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters outside the Republican convention in Cleveland. Facebook says it has taken down four pages b...(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Alex Jones, center right, is escorted by police out of a crowd of protesters outside the Republican convention in Cleveland. Facebook says it has taken down four pages b...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show.More >>
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Austintown Police say missing 11-year-old boy has been found

    Austintown Police say missing 11-year-old boy has been found

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-08-17 03:35:55 GMT

    Austintown Police are now searching for 11-year old Christian Shuler, who is currently missing from a residence in Austintown. According to police, Christian was last seen wearing black shorts with teal on the sides, a black shirt with gold on the front, and he was not wearing any shoes. Officers are asking if you see him or have seen him, that you please call the Austintown Police Department immediately at (330) 799-9721.

    More >>

    Austintown Police are now searching for 11-year old Christian Shuler, who is currently missing from a residence in Austintown. According to police, Christian was last seen wearing black shorts with teal on the sides, a black shirt with gold on the front, and he was not wearing any shoes. Officers are asking if you see him or have seen him, that you please call the Austintown Police Department immediately at (330) 799-9721.

    More >>
  • PA Department of Corrections responds after employees from multiple prison's fall ill

    PA Department of Corrections responds after employees from multiple prison's fall ill

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-08-17 03:05:07 GMT

    Yet another prison in Pennsylvania had an incident that sent staffers to the hospital. Butler County Prison the fourth corrections facility in the state to have an incident similar to the one in Mercer County last week. Our Pittsburgh affiliate said four officers and two nurses were exposed to an unknown substance, possible K2 synthetic marijuana. Prison staffers from Fayette County Prison, SCI Green, and SCI Mercer have all been treated after coming into contact with an unknown su...

    More >>

    Yet another prison in Pennsylvania had an incident that sent staffers to the hospital. Butler County Prison the fourth corrections facility in the state to have an incident similar to the one in Mercer County last week. Our Pittsburgh affiliate said four officers and two nurses were exposed to an unknown substance, possible K2 synthetic marijuana. Prison staffers from Fayette County Prison, SCI Green, and SCI Mercer have all been treated after coming into contact with an unknown su...

    More >>
  • Bus drivers train for evacuating special needs passengers

    Bus drivers train for evacuating special needs passengers

    Thursday, August 16 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-08-17 00:54:49 GMT

    While all bus drivers are trained on how to evacuate kids during an emergency situation, for those drivers with special needs passengers evacuations can be even more challenging. Julie Bloom, the training coordinator, explains that many challenges present themselves due to the variety of disabilities, saying "you might have a kids who is ambulatory but does not have the ability to stand in one place by himself, or you might have a child who doesn't have the abilit...

    More >>

    While all bus drivers are trained on how to evacuate kids during an emergency situation, for those drivers with special needs passengers evacuations can be even more challenging. Julie Bloom, the training coordinator, explains that many challenges present themselves due to the variety of disabilities, saying "you might have a kids who is ambulatory but does not have the ability to stand in one place by himself, or you might have a child who doesn't have the abilit...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms