James Franco speaks out about flirty messages with UK teenager: ‘I’ve learnt my lessson’

James Franco has spoken out for the first time since reports emerged that he had been flirting with a 17-year-old Scottish girl.


by Fiona Day |
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Messages between the actor and blonde teenager Lucy Clode were revealed earlier this week.

They showed James asking the 17-year-old to meet up in a hotel with him after the actor had asked her if she had a boyfriend and if she was 18.

Lucy met James after a performance of his play Of Mice And Men in New York and after taking a photo with the actor, James asked her to ‘tag’ him in it.

James reportedly messaged 17-year-old Lucy Clode
James reportedly messaged 17-year-old Lucy Clode

Appearing on US chat show Live With Kelly And Michael, the actor admitted he felt a bit ashamed by the incident.

‘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,' he said.

Lucy met James in New York

He spoke about the uncertainties of meeting people on social networking sites like Instagram.

‘You get a feel for them, you don't know who you're talking to…. I used bad judgement and I learned my lesson,’ he revealed.

‘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.’

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