James Franco’s Mural Removed From Palo Alto High School
James Franco has certainly faced at least a lot of professional consequences following allegations toward him of sexual assault. After multiple women came out with stories about the actor’s sexually exploitative behavior earlier this year, Franco was absent from Oscar nominations and later completely erased from a star-studded Vanity Fair cover.
More backlash toward James has surface this week as Palo Alto High School–the actor’s old stomping grounds–covered up a mural that Franco previously painted on their campus. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he had returned to his alma mater in 2014 to paint two large murals, also hanging 20 other paintings of his around the campus.
Palo Alto Unified School District Interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks said about her decision to cover the mural: “The school site and district appreciated his donation, acknowledging that the artwork was intended to be temporary in nature and would be respectfully returned or painted over at some point. Related to this, district staff recently considered the best interests of our students in the light of our educational mission, and decided to remove and return the remaining artwork.” Hendricks added that they’re already working on a plan to replace Franco’s old artwork with a mural that will celebrate cultural diversity on campus.