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NYU Professor

I Got Fired for

Giving James Franco a 'D'

12/19/2011 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A former NYU professor claims he got the chop because he dared give James Franco a "D" -- this according to a new lawsuit.

José Angel Santana -- who taught Franco in his "Directing the Actor" class -- is now suing the University for his job back, claiming he was wrongfully terminated ... because he's an Hispanic man with the audacity to give Franco a low grade.

According to the lawsuit, Santana dropped the D on Franco for missing 12 of the 14 classes in the MFA course. No shocker, considering the pic TMZ posted back in 2009 ... showing Franco passed out at one of his Columbia classes.

1219_james_franco_EXWM_02When people found out that Santana gave Franco a D, Santana claims he suffered all sorts of public humiliation -- at the hands of James Franco ... and the University itself, which ultimately fired him ... something he claims would never have happened to a white professor.

According to Santana, other teachers played favorites with Franco, including fellow professor Jay Anania ... who Franco hired to write and direct the film "Shadows & Lies." 

Santana groused, "In my opinion, they've turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco's purposes, a possession, something you can buy."

Santana told the Post, “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”

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10:28 AM PT: NYU claims it hasn't seen the papers but calls what has been reported about the lawsuit "ridiculous" -- adding, "It is regrettable and disappointing to see a faculty member -- former or otherwise -- discuss any student's grade for the purpose of his or her personal publicity."
 

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Pen    

NYU writes "It is regrettable and disappointing to see a faculty member -- former or otherwise -- discuss any student's grade for the purpose of his or her personal publicity." HUH? Did they bother to understand that it was FRANCO, and not Santana, that PUBLICLY broke the story. Franco sounds like a crybaby. If you can't come to class for 12 out of 14 classes, you shouldn't even be taking the class. Shame on you, Franco!! You should either persuade the university to hire Santana back (that is, if you have ANY scruples) and/or hire Santana yourself since he's out of work. What were you going to be teaching others in life -- how to be a smart a--?

1007 days ago
92.

MG    

What a troll. This guy is so full of himself and bull**** it's hilarious. Have you seen his paintings? This guy is a world class bull**** artist. I laughed at the pic, how can anyone be surprised by that pic? What a joke.

1007 days ago
93.

MG    

I can't stop laughing at what a troll this guy is. He probably sleeps through all the classes. 62 credit hours? who is he kidding? People buy into this myth he has created. You're a joke James. A 2X4 has as much charisma.

1007 days ago
94.

Adam    

NYU grad film has become mostly for rich and famous. The list of VIP from president Sexton is longer than the application pool. Grand child of China's premier was accepted because of NYU Shanghai deal!

1005 days ago
95.

Euh Seh Bhio    

Is it possible that we face a case of racism in the middle twenty-first century? Is this a typical case of racism against a "non-Caucasian" teacher, mixed with the intent of the direction of the school in make a favor and not look for troubles with a temporarily famous actor? NO to Racism !!!

1002 days ago
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