NYU Professor Allegedly Fired For Dropping D on James Franco

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A former NYU professor claims he got fired because he's Hispanic and dared give James Franco, Hollywood celebrity, a D in a class, according to a new lawsuit.

Jose 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.

According to the lawsuit, Santana dropped a D on Franco for missing 12 of the 14 classes during the MFA course. Not shocking, given his academic track record:

James Franco Pic

However, when peeps found out, Santana claims he suffered all sorts of public humiliation at the hands of Franco and the school itself, which canned him.

Something he claims would never have happened to a white professor.

According to Santana, other faculty played favorites for Franco, including fellow professor Jay Anania, who Franco hired to write and direct Shadows & Lies.

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

“The university has done everything in its power to curry favor.”

Okay ... can we just talk about the pic again? That's hilarious.