James Franco know for his films like Never Been Kissed, If Tomorrow Comes, The Ice Man, True Story and many more met a seventeen year old female tourist from Scotland named Lucy Clode, who was seeking an autograph.
But the this meeting did not end on just an autograph and went a little further, as this thirty five year old star struck up a conversation with Lucy Clode that led to the two chatting on Instagram.
James Franco asked Lucy Clode age, if she had a boyfriend and even went as far as asking if she wanted to meet up at a hotel. Suspicious Lucy asked Franco to provide her with a photo of him with her name written on a piece of paper.
Now James Franco did as told and this lead to the two exchanging phone numbers and then texting, all of which was leaked online. Oops!!
Apparently, James Franco wasn’t doing anything illegal because the legal age of consent in New York is seventeen and sixteen in Scotland, but it’s definitely embarrassing.
Post this embarrassing incident, James Franco took on to twitter and wrote, “I Am Not!! I Hope Parents Keep Their Teens Away From Me. Thank You.”
To clarify the matter and his stand further, James Franco, appeared on Live With Kelly And Michael and stated, “I learned my lesson. It’s the way that people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned, I guess because I’m new to it, is you don’t know who’s on the other end. When you meet in person you get a feel for them, you don’t know who you’re talking to.”
However all this could just be a publicity stunt for his upcoming film, Palto Alto, which has been screened at the Telluride Film Festival and opens in limited U.S. release May 09, 2104.
Coincidently in the film Palto Alto, James Franco is essaying the role of a teacher with his eye on a young female student.