Actor/poet/aspiring MFA-Ph.D. James Franco might also be able to add "creepy older dude" to his C.V. after he—or someone very convincingly pretending to be him—tried to arrange a hotel hookup with a 17-year-old girl on Instagram.
The girl, a small-town Scottish lass named Lucy, says she was on a trip to New York City as an early birthday present, and met Franco at his Broadway show, Of Mice and Men.
She took an Instagram video with him, and he told her, "You gotta tag me."
She did, and the 35-year-old Franco began an Instagram flirtation later that night. Lucy posted the whole thing to Imgur, so we now know exactly what James Franco's text game looks like.
It's possible the messages in these screenshots have been faked, but Lucy did ask Franco to send photo proof of his identity—twice.
The attempted hookup was not fated to occur, however, because Lucy doesn't turn 18 until May (and she ignored Franco's request not to tell her friends about their private Instagram convo).
Franco later responded to the scandal on his own Instagram account. He posted a meme accusing him of being "thirsty for underage ones" and replied, "I'M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you."
I'M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you http://t.co/I1d4n3yVe0
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 2, 2014
Update: On Live With Kelly and Michael Friday morning, Franco admitted to hitting on the girl.
[H/T: Daily Dot]