James Franco "Embarrassed" He Hit on 17-Year-Old Girl Online

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Although we thought perhaps it was a marketing ploy for his new movie, James Franco is actually fessing up to attempting to seduce a 17-year-old via selfies on social media.

In case you missed it, leaked screengrabs of a conversation between him and Lucy Clode, a Scottish schoolgirl he met outside his Broadway play Of Mice & Men, basically broke the internet yesterday. In the messages, which first began via Instagram and then switched to text, the 35-year-old actor asks if he should get them a hotel room and sends multiple selfies to prove it's him.

This morning, the Spring Breakers star addressed the egg on his face during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael. "I'm embarrassed," James explained of his underage flirtations. "And I guess I'm just a model of 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, you don't know who's on the other end."

"I used bad judgement and I learned my lesson," he continued. "Unfortunately in my position...not only do I have go to through the embarrassing kind of rituals of meeting someone, sometimes if I do that, then it gets published for the world so it's doubly embarrassing."

We give James props for actually acknowledging the elephant in the room, but Lucy said she was 17 in the early part of their convo. Why continue trying to meet up and ask about getting a room once you realize someone's 18 years younger than you?

In his upcoming movie Palo Alto, James plays a high school football coach who seduces an underage student...so why not just say this was a promotional stunt for the film? Or maybe it is and he's just punking us all, including Kelly Ripa. What do you think?
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