By Erin Strecker
Updated September 06, 2012 at 04:07 PM EDT

James Franco is being sued for defamation by one of his former New York University professors.

Ex-NYU professor José Angel Santana claims Franco defamed him in comments to the press, after Santana gave Franco a ‘D’ for the course.

Franco had previously told press that Santana was “awful” adding, “I didn’t feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher,” according to the New York Post.

In an interview with the Post about the lawsuit, Santana called Franco a “bully” and said, “I didn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of those falsehoods. I was outraged that someone with his attendance record at NYU had the audacity to make those statements.”

Santana is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

This isn’t Santana’s first Franco-related lawsuit. In December, Santana sued NYU “for wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment, alleging that when he gave Franco a “D” in Directing the Actor II for missing 12 out of 14 classes, he was demoted, systematically isolated from the university, and eventually denied reappointment.”

EW reached out to Franco’s rep, who did not respond to request for comment.

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