James Franco is at the center of a media circus, after he reportedly attempted to woo a Scottish schoolgirl.

The star posed for a photo with Lucy Clode, 17, after she attended his play in New York, and the pair began a social media conversation after she posted a “selfie” of the two of them online.

In screenshots of the exchange, Franco asks the girl her age. He then offers to book a room at the hotel she is staying at with her mother, before Clode turns down his offer and writes, “I’ll come back when I’m 18… Well this is a story my Scottish friends will never believe.”


Some are speculating the activity could have been a staged exchange or promotional stunt for Franco’s new film “Palo Alto,” in which he plays a soccer coach who seduces his 14-year-old student.

Franco appeared on “Live with Kelly and Michael” this morning and attempted to clear things up. We don’t think he succeeded.

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