James Franco sets the record straight

Photo by David Shankbone
Photo by David Shankbone

James Franco has admitted to flirting with 17-year-old Scottish tourist Lucy Clode. Leaked Instagram and text message conversations surfaced online last week, revealing that the 35-year-old actor tried to initiate a hotel hookup. As the news was quite creepy to many, Franco decided to share his side of the story on Live! With Kelly and Michael.

“I didn’t want to come on the show and feel awkward, so uh, yeah. I mean I guess, you know, I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of, you know, how social media is tricky,” he said. “It’s a way people meet each other today. But what I’ve learned I guess just because I’m new to it is like, you don’t know who’s on the other end. You meet somebody in person and you get a feel for them but you don’t know who you’re talking to, and, you know? So I used bad judgment. I learned my lesson.”

Franco initially met Clode at his Broadway show, Of Mice and Men, and tried to initiate a private meeting later that night after taking an Instagram video with the underage fan. – Ian Zelaya

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