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James Franco Admits to Trying to Pick Up 17-Year-Old Girl on Instagram: 'I'm Embarrassed'

James Franco Admits to Trying to Pick Up 17-Year-Old Girl on Instagram: 'I'm Embarrassed'

James Franco appeared on Live! with Kelly & Michael early Friday morning (April 4), where he admitted he did in fact try and pick up a young teen girl on Instagram.

“I’m embarrassed and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. You just don’t know who is on the other end,” the 35-year-old actor, who is currently on Broadway in Of Mice & Men, said on the show. “I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”

“I was feeling awkward — I didn’t want to come on the show and just feel awkward,” James added. “I’m embarrassed.”

News broke yesterday that James had tried to pick up the Scottish teen named Lucy Clode via the social media site. James responded to the whole incident on his Twitter, saying “I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you”

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176 Responses to “James Franco Admits to Trying to Pick Up 17-Year-Old Girl on Instagram: 'I'm Embarrassed'”

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  1. 26
    Linda Says:

    He’s mostly embarrassed that he got caught. He knew she was only 17 right away yet didn’t back off. Yes, Mr Franco it’s awkward being outted as a creepy perv. Doubt he’s really learned his lesson.

  2. 27
    OK Says:

    @Linda: he hasn’t. he has to explain himself now. his team told him what to say. he’s a jerk.

  3. 28
    ZAC Says:

    This guy smells really bad.

  4. 29
    here's the interview Says:

  5. 30
    Lena Says:

    @Who Cares:

    Enough with the “it’s not illegal” crap! What is so repulsive and reptilian about this man’s actions (speaking as a woman) is that this girl is still a minor (who regardless of age of consent laws) cannot contract for herself, buy a car in her own name, RENT A ROOM at a hotel, buy a car, sue on her own behalf, etc. AND, she told him that she was leaving town. He did not even give the charade or ruse of respecting this KID, by inviting her to dinner and a movie. Instead, he asked if he should “get a room.” For a quickie that you could buy from a prostitute. He was treating her as throw away garbage. She didn’t bite. Good for her.

    THAT is the crux of the slime here. He has been outed as a pig. And a hypocrite given that ridiculous movie is coming out soon. Classic.


  6. 31
    eternalozzie Says:

    To the people throwing around the word “pedophile” just be quiet … you are too stupid to talk because you don’t know what that word means. Read a book or two or get some level of education before you try involve yourself in a grown up conversation.

    Depending on where this happened more than likely the girl was old enough to consent. A 17 y/o wanted to have sex with a movie star … I know very few that would not want to.

    This was blown way out of proportion.

  7. 32
    WTF?! Says:

    Kelly Ripa praised Franco for telling his truth on the morning talk show. “I think the way you came out here and handled it is perfectly acceptable. It happens to everybody,”

    Does it? DOES IT? Seriously Kelly, *does it*?

  8. 33
    Now Says:

    @eternalozzie: A grown up conversation? Oh yeah, james needs to grow up himself. he’s an adult acting like he has a 2 year old brain; he’s always been emotionally immature and self centered. he needs to know right from wrong.

  9. 34
    rly Says:

    His excuse is bullshit. He asked her how old she was and he still kept trying to proposition her so there was no trickiness involved.

  10. 35
    @eternalozzie Says:

    Wonder if it was your 17 years old daughter would you have the same opinion?

  11. 36
    Kl Says:

    @WTF?!: kelly is a brainless twit. I wouldn’t ask that idiot for advice. She’s not involved so she could not care less.

  12. 37
    Dumb Franco Says:

    A grown woman would have been more discreet by these teens run to social media to tell everything. All just to make themselves look better among their friends. That move alone should tell you that they are not ready to handle the ramifications of sex..very immature. These guys all put up a front about how they want to keep their private life private..but they try to pick up a teen who are the biggest blabbermouths on social media.

  13. 38
    TREEs Says:

    @rly: he’s a pervert. he knew what he was doing. he got caught. He’s done these things before. he likes teenagers and young people.

  14. 39
    Joan Says:

    @eternalozzie: what james did is stupid. He’s the one you should insult. I think he’s not fully aware of how disturbed he is.

  15. 40
    Moon Says:

    this is not the first time he does that. he’s used prostitutes and many other people and has done private videos of people getting naked and doing bizarre stuff with dildos and stuff. the guy is creepy. he’s got a lot of skeletons in his closet.

  16. 41
    text Says:

    he’s just repulsive, yuk.

  17. 42
    lol Says:

    James, the fact she wanted to tell her friends shows her maturity… just saying. Dude, she was clearly too young for you.

  18. 43
    POLO Says:

    Is he forgetting that he will be 36 in a couple of days? he seems to think he’s still a teenager himself. hello! wake up James, you’re not in high school anymore!

  19. 44
    Weed Says:

    Go take your meds franco, you’re sick in the head!

  20. 45
    anon Says:

    Suppose she lied and was really younger? Suppose she was an escaped convict? I mean really, he doesn’t even bother to meet a person in real life first to see what they are like. His actions reveal how he feels about women especially young women. He feels that they are disposable & to be thrown away when he is finished with them.

  21. 46
    Hunter Says:

    @anon: exactly. he has no respect for himself and for others.

  22. 47
    17 Says:

    James is a narcissistic pervert. He needs to go see a doctor. he has no moral compass.

  23. 48
    skies Says:

    He’s in denial that he’s a creep. he’s pissed that it got in the media. not about trying to bring a 17 year old girl in a hotel.

  24. 49
    James Says:

    James is really happy right now, he’s in the news. boy, does james like it when people talk about him. Especially when he sends pictures of his ***** or him trying to get naked on his twitter account for the world to see. he’s an exhibitionist. he’s got many issues that he should try to solve.

  25. 50
    Marc Says:

    His whole family are a bunch of perverts.

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