Well it’s definitely not R. Kelly bad, but James Franco got himself into a bit of trouble earlier this week when news broke that the 35-year-old actor hit on a 17-year-old fan.
And by “hit on,” we mean it looks like he tried to get laid.
Franco met the underage girl, Lucy Clode, at a fan signing for his Broadway show Of Mice and Men.
He then reached out to her through Instagram’s messaging system and then stepped it up to texting.
What really did him in were the selfies though, which provided concrete evidence for what otherwise could’ve been dismissed as tabloid-hatched gossip.
To Franco’s credit, he came straight out and spoke candidly about the mishap.
“I’m embarassed and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky,” said Franco on Live With Kelly and Michael, adding,”I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
At least Franco had the presence of mind to not pull an Anthony Weiner. Watch Franco discussing the incident in further detail below.
Still, a lot of people are wondering whether James is a major perv or a clever prankster.
He has a movie coming out this month called Palo Alto in which he plays a soccer coach who sleeps with high school girls.
James does have like a bazillion college degrees, so it comes a surprise that he’d be dumb enough to hit on a 17-year-old so directly, and essentially, publicly. (Nothing on Instagram stays on Instagram!)
Is Franco an idiot or is this all part of some very sick but very James Franco-like plan to get us talking about him?