James Franco admits flirting with 17-year-old girl
James Franco attended “Live! With Kelly and Michael” on Friday and confessed to flirting with a 17-year-old girl, saying he was “embarrassed” by the event. The 35-year-old Hollywood actor talked about the revealed Instagram and text messages that were placed online on Wednesday by the teenage girl and screen grabbed by different news outlets even though she removed them.
James said that, “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”. “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.”
The messages explained Franco trying to organize a meet up with the girl at a hotel in New York City even after she told him she was not 18 years old up till now. He sent her some images of himself to confirm he was the one she was talking with.
“Unfortunately in my position, I mean…I have a very good life, but not only do I have to go through the embarrassing kind of rituals of kind of meeting someone, sometimes if I do that then it gets, you know, published for the world so now, you know, it’s like doubly embarrassing,” Franco said.