James Franco's NYU prof proves it's easier to burgle celebs than to serve them court papers
If ex-NYU professor Jose Angel Santana had a few members of "The Bling Ring" at his disposal while he was attempting to sue James Franco for allegedly making "disparaging and inaccurate public statements" about him after he gave the actor a "D," perhaps his lawsuit would not be DOA. Unfortunately, Alexis Neiers was apparently too busy coaching Emma Watson on playing her in "The Bling Ring" movie to help Santana find Franco so he could serve him legal papers.
A judge recently tossed out the lawsuit on grounds of "lack of personal jurisdiction," according to The Hollywood Reporter. But that was only after repeated attempts by the plaintiff to tell Franco he was being sued. Court documents reveal that while Franco was promoting multiple films at various events for months, papers were instead served to an address Santana's lawyers had found online. That prompted one of Franco's attorneys to suggest, "Gossip blogs are frankly not the most accurate sources upon which to base one's due diligence."
On the other hand, as we learned from the "Bling Ring," gossip blogs combined with Google Earth and the keyword search know-how of six high school kids is a failsafe combo when hunting down a celebrity address. Just ask Paris Hilton ...