James Franco admits to trying to pick up teen; plays stupid

Actor James Franco stopped by “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Friday morning, and addressed the Instagram scandal involving him and a 17-year-old girl. He said somberly, “I’m embarrassed. I guess I’m just a model about how social media’s tricky. 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.

The Oscar nominee continued, “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.”

The teen involved, Lucy Clode, was visiting NYC as an early 18th birthday present, and she met Franco at his Broadway show, “Of Mice and Men,” on Tuesday. She posted some pics and video of Franco outside the theater on Instagram (they have since been deleted).

The “This Is the End” actor has since responded to the scandal, denying he tried to hook up with Clode, writing, "I’M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you."

Franco first posted the message with a pic on Instagram, but later deleted the image. The link still remains on his Twitter account.


Poor James was just Catfished, he had no idea that the girl who told him she was 17 was really just 17!!!!!!!!!!!!!