Movie star James Franco has spoken for the first time about the controversy surrounding his advances to a 17 year old girl on social media website Instagram. In an interview with TV show Live with Kelly and Micheal the star of movies including Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Pineapple Express went on record to admit that he did in fact try to pick up the young lady.
The 35 year old had allagedly suggested to the girl, Lucy Corde from Scotland, that he get a room in the hotel where she was staying, and followed up by sending her photos of himself to prove he wasn't simply someone playing a prank on her.
Speaking on the show, Franco laid it all out on the line, accepting that what he did was unacceptable, and admitting that it had caused him a huge amount of embarrassment...
I'm embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky. 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.Unfortunately in my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but if I do that, then it gets published for the world so it's doubly embarrassing,
When the news broke, many had suspected it was little more than a clever publicity stunt for Franco's latest movie, Palo Alto, which sees him having an affair with a young student, however now it would appear that (Joaquim Phoenix level ruse notwithstanding) the two are completely unrelated.