If what Lucy Clode claims is true, James Franco attempted to arrange a hotel hookup with the 17-year-old Scottish tourist via Instagram. However, based on the leaked screenshots, it seems like the 35-year-old actor did not meet the teen in the end.
Clode visited new York City as an early 18th birthday present and was with her mother on the trip. She met Franco at his Broadway show, Of Mice and Men, and took an Instagram video with the star. He said, “You gotta tag me.”
On the same night, the two began flirting via the photo-sharing social networking app. It’s possible the messages in the screenshots have been faked, but Clode did request for Franco to send photo proof of his identity twice.
Here is a transcript of their alleged conversation on Instagram:
Franco: Where do you live?
Clode: In a small town called Dollar
Franco: How long will you be in New York?
Clode: Oops sorry, um a few days it’s my 18th birthday present
Franco: You’re 18?
Franco: Who are you with?
Franco: Do you have a bf?
Clode: Nearly 18, my mum and not if you’re around
Franco: When is your bday?
Franco: Where are you staying?
Franco: What’s your #?
Clode: In May but I have exams then, just off of Times Square in Hilton, what do you mean #?
The two then allegedly moved their conversation to text messaging. Here is the transcript:
Franco: Can I see you?
Clode: As long as you are James Franco
Franco: I am
Franco: You’re single?
Franco: What’s the hotel?
Franco: Should I rent a room?
Clode: April fools was an hour ago though…
The star then shared what appears to be a selfie.
Franco: It’s me
Franco: Yes or no?
Franco: Tomorrow or Thurs?
Franco: Be well
Clode: I’ll come back when I’m 18
Clode: Well this is a story my Scottish friends will never believe
Franco: Don’t tell
Clode: I just want proper evidence that it’s you and I won’t
Franco: I gave it to you
Franco: If you don’t want to meet, then text me when you do.
Clode: You sound so dodgy though
Clode: One second, I will meet you if you write my name on a piece of paper then send it to me with your face also in the picture, please
The actor—if it is indeed him—obliged Clode’s request.
The alleged conversation was leaked on Wednesday and went viral all over the Internet.
Franco then responded to the scandal via his own Instagram account, writing, “I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you.” The movie star later erased the image, but the link remains on his Twitter account.
I’M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you http://t.co/I1d4n3yVe0
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 2, 2014
Why, Franco, why?!