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James Franco

NYU Prof Can't Sue Me

For Saying He Sucks

3/2/2013 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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James Franco
refuses to back down from the ex-NYU professor who sued the actor for calling him a "bad teacher" -- insisting the guy not only sucks at teaching, but he also screwed up his own lawsuit.

Franco has just filed a response to Jose Angel Santana's request for a default judgement in his favor in his defamation lawsuit against Franco. Santana feels he's entitled to the judgement because Franco never responded to the initial 2011 lawsuit.

But in docs, Franco now says Santana never properly served him with the suit ...and therefore the judge should toss out Santana's request for the default judgement. 

Franco also claims the entire matter should be dismissed on grounds his insult is protected free speech -- in other words ... you can't sue someone over their opinion.

And now, here's one of our favorite pictures ever -- James Franco sleeping in class.

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31.

A viewer    

What the ---- is wrong with his teeth? He's too young for a mouth to look like that.

418 days ago
32.

CANDICE_L    

James you pathetic footnote!

417 days ago
33.

Atasi    

What a puss this man is using Franco to gain fame ha Franco wins court adjorned okays everyone leave now!!!

417 days ago
34.

BB    

There is no "e" between "g" and "m" in judgment.

417 days ago
35.

BB not bb    

Everyone in that class looks bored, annoyed and hypnotized. He might have fell alseep from the general dead atmosphere in there. The picture of the teacher is not very friendly looking either. He looks like an arrogan boring bully.


Maybe he gave Franco a bad grade, but Franco can still say that the teacher was so poor that he couldn't get into the material. There are many horrible professors who even sabotage their students desire to learn.

417 days ago
36.

Crabby    

James has turned into an opinionated little diva.He used to be a quirky eccentric artistic sort of anti Hollywood but still a talented actor.Now he just rants rambles and is a big poorly groomed entitled mess.He appears to be the character from Pineapple Express and NOT James Franco.

417 days ago
37.

mr.howell     

This teacher looks like a 'royal Prick' to begin with,and I believe James,even though he looks like a 'bad student' in this pic!..lol!.

417 days ago
38.

StevenB    

James Franco just needs to get over himself already!

417 days ago
39.

Joseph Diehl    

Franco, has never been any good at acting.

417 days ago
40.

Quinn    

Franco is a douchebag.

417 days ago
41.

Griff    

The professor is an ex-professor, so maybe James Franco was right.

417 days ago
42.

HillbillyHell    

Another Paly grad.

417 days ago
43.

chris    

good for james, this guy is looking for 5 min of fame

417 days ago
44.

Connecticut Sam    

Tell him not to sleep in class.

417 days ago
45.

I POOPED IN YOUR MOUTH    

James Franco is such a douchebag / bad actor. How this moron keeps getting work is beyond me.

417 days ago
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