A few days ago appeared to be quite prominent for 35-year-old James Franco, who saw the first official trailer for his new movie “Paolo Alto” and was accused of flirting with a teen on Instagram.
In the movie the actor performs a handsome man who seduces a young girl. And now his chat with the a girl half his age seem to be ironic.
17-year-old Lucy Clode, who waited outside of Franco’s Broadway show ‘Of Mice & Men’ reportedly saw her favourite star on April 1, and he ater found her on Instagam to ask whether she wanted to hang out with him — even though she’s half his age.
Nobody can say for sure if the photos and texts the extra-happy fan posted online are real.
Franco asked the teen her how old she was, what hotel she was staying at, and even wanted to know her phone number. She apparently gave it, as the rest of their chat is shown on iMessages, demostrating that Franco sent two separate pictures to prove it was actually him — including one of him holding a sign up with her name on it.
Posted online pictures showed Franco asking for her number. The messages switch to texts, and Franco then allegedly asks whether he should rent a room. “April fools was an hour ago though…” Clode responds. She eventually turns him down. “I’ll come back when I’m 18,” she says.
Since then the star has released a tweet refuting that he prefers women under 18 (17 is, in fact, above the age of consent in New York, where the pair apparently met).
Franco published an Instagram picture of himself with the words, “Why are you thirsty for underage ones?” before he tweeted it, adding. “I’m not! I hope parents keep their teens away from me! Thank you” The image has now been deleted, enshrouding the incident in more mystery.
Today James discussed the incident on ‘Live With Kelly and Michael’.
“I’m embarrassed. I guess I’m just a model about how social media is tricky,” he admitted. “It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
“Unfortunately in my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but if I do that, then it gets published for the world so it’s doubly embarrassing,” Franco said on the show.
Meanwhile, the second character of the story decided to take down her Instagram account, as she got too much attention from Franco’s fans and representatives of mass media.
“That’s all we know. Are they legit?” wonders Daily Dot. |There are a number of ways these screenshots could be doctored, although they look authentic. What’s also interesting is that some correspondence seems to be left out. It could be boring, it could be incriminating, or it could hint that maybe this is a joke set up to go viral around April Fools’ Day. You never know— Jimmy Kimmel could be running Franco’s account for a week.”