James Franco Instagram Hookup: Publicity Stunt?

By: Mike Tuttle - April 3, 2014

“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.”

Actor James Franco found himself in deep manure after he tried to hook up with a 17-year old Scottish girl on Instagram.

Lucy Cloude, who was visiting New York, was outside of the Longacre Theatre, where Franco is performing Of Mice and Men, when she took a selfie of herself with the 35-year old in the background. He supposedly asked her to tag him and later the two began to flirt via the social networking site.

Franco asked how long the tourist would be in New York, who she was with, and if she had a boyfriend. Even after she told him she was 17, he allegedly continued the conversation, asking for her phone number.

The conversation continued via text message with Franco asking if he could see her and if he should “rent a room.” When she asked for verification that it was him, he sent two selfies to her phone, one with her name written on a piece of paper, as requested.

On Franco’s Instagram account, he posted a picture of himself with the caption “Why are you thirsty for underage ones.”

The story was leaked on Wednesday and since then Franco has deleted the Instagram photo and responded via Twitter.

There are questions as to whether this was a poor-thought-out publicity stunt to promote Franco’s new movie, Palo Alto, in which he plays a soccer coach who seduces his 14-year old babysitter.

Palo Alto also stars Val Kilmer, Christian Madsen (Divergent), Chris Messina (The Newsroom), and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story). The film will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 3, 2014.


Image via Instagram

Mike Tuttle

About the Author

Mike TuttleWriter. Google+ Writer for WebProNews.

View all posts by Mike Tuttle
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT TEENS

    WHY IS EVERYONE SO AFRAID OF SEX? So this girl was 17, To be honest I WOULDNT CARE Even if she was 15. This your magically an adult when you turn 18 Crap iS BULLSHIT. ITS INSECURE JELOUS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SENT AN INNOCENT YOUNG 17 YEAR OLD BOY TO PRISON FOR 10 YEARS BECAUSE HE HAD ORAL SEX WITH A 15 YEAR OLD.

    THIS ISN”T ANYONE’S BUSINESS, 17 IS MORE THAN OLD ENOUGH TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS. IN MY OPINION ONCE YOU PASS 14/15 AND YOUR BODY HAS FULLY MATURED ITS UP TO YOU TO DECIDE WHAT YOU DO WITH IT, DOES ANYONE HERE HONESTLY THINK THIS GIRL IS A VIRGIN??? FUCK NO SHES 17, SHES PROBABLY HAD AT LEAST 5 PARTNERS BY NOW. GET WITH THE TIMES OR GET OUT. ITS NOT THE WAY IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE A KID.

    THE TEENAGE YEARS ARE WHEN A GIRL IS IN HER SEXUAL PRIME, BOTH IN TERMS OF ATTITUDE AS WELL AS ATTRACTIVENESS. MEN ARE BIOLOGICALLY DESIGNED TO GO AFTER GIRLS WHO LOOK LIKE THAT. I AM TIRED OF PEOPLE CRIMINALIZING OUR NATURAL SEXUAL DESIRES!!!

    WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE WITH SWEET SKINNY PERFECT YOUNG TEENS!!!!ITS NOT OUR FAULT YOU BITCHES EAT A BUNCH OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED, HORMONE/STEROID and artificial sweetener ridden FOODS AND THEN START TO LOOK ALL WEIRD BY THE TIME YOU HIT 22+. THIS IS AMERICA PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!!

    EVERYONE! EVEN YOUNG TEENS HAVE A RIGHT TO DO WHATVER THE HELL THEY WANT WITH THEIR OWN BODIES. THEY ARE NOT THEIR PARENTS PROPERTY, THIS LAW WHERE “being with a 16/ 17 year old girl who is only a hair away from 18 is considered AGGRIVATED ASSAULT OF A CHILD” IS BULLSHIT, A FUCKING FULLY DEVELOPED TEENAGE GIRL IS NOT A CHILD, AND CONSENTUAL SEX IS NOT AGGRIVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT. THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HELD A KNFE UP TO SOME LITTLE 5 YEAR OLD AND FORCED HER TO DO SOMETHING HORRIBLE. YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL LIVING IN THE PAST, I AM 20 ok, I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE I GREW UP WITH THE CURRENT GENERATION, WE ARE FILTHY SEXUAL BY THE TIME WE HIT 14 AND WE KNOW DAMN WELL WHAT WE ARE DOING, WE PROBABLY KNOW MORE THAN OUR PARENTS. I FEEL BAD FOR THE KIDS WITH THE SUPER STRICT RELIGOUS PARENTS THOUGH BECAUSE THOSE ARE ALWAYS THE KIDS WHO END UP CONFUSED AND PREGNANT.

    MY POINT IS THAT JAMES FRANCO SHOULD DEFEND HIMSELF, THE GIRL IS HOT, ALMOST ALL TEENAGE GIRLS ARE. I THINK HE SHOULD CHALLENGE THE PUBLIC OPINION AND SAY STRAIGHT UP, HE DIDN’T GIVE A FUCK WEATHER OR NOT THE GIRL WAS 16 or 18, SHE WAS CLEARLY GROWN ENOUGH TO MAKE HER OWN DECISIONS AND SHE WAS ATTRACTIVE.