James Franco speaks out on picking up a 17-year-old, LiLo, during juicy Stern appearance

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James Franco can seem like such a huge ball of class sometimes. He’s featured in the current Gucci campaign, loves to read, makes the cutest parody videos with Seth Rogen. And yet to plug his current project – Of Mice and Men, on Broadway now – the actor appeared on the Howard Stern Show Wednesday and was, shall we say, less than gentlemanly when he blahblahblahed about his past indiscretions, one that happened a month ago, the other ten years ago.

A month ago news broke via screengrab that James Franco, face of Gucci, tried to pick up a teenage girl after she commented on one of his Instagram photos – which at first of course sounds horrible and illegal and wrong, until you learn that its merely tacky: the girl was 17, which is legal in the state of New York (so what if Franco is almost 20 years older at 36! A lot of dudes are gross).  She posted screenshots of her private conversation with Franco online. Franco dished about it to Stern.

E!Online transcribed part of the conversation:


“I saw her and she said on her page, ‘I love James Franco! Blahblahblah. ‘Well, OK, you look interesting. I don’t know how old you are,” he recalled. “I was a gentleman. I said, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ And her response was, ‘Not when you’re around.’ So that to me sounds like, OK, she’s interested.”


And then, to excuse/describe his own actions:


“They make it out like I’m pursuing young women. I’m not going to high schools looking for dates. I’m leaving my work and they’re coming there. So, I’m seeing attractive women.”


So, really, it’s all about context. Franco isn’t going to the playground! How could he tell if parents bring their teenagers to the theater versus it being a hot, available woman with no parents/boyfriend?

Then – just in the name of doing his job – Stern asked about Franco’s name on Lindsay Lohan’s leaked list of sex partners.

About the list – I watched Lindsay on Own, and I heard her say that the list was part of her therapy/recovery process, and that someone stole the list, took the photo of it and leaked it. Lindsay called this a violation and an embarrassment. I can only take her word for it, because it is damn embarrassing – not just for her. But it being leaked could only help to promote the show.

I do feel for Franco – he has every right to be embarrassed to have that publicity and association with Lindsay when she’s at such a low point, fighting for survival. Franco is doing well on his own, even without comparing him to someone in crisis. Which is why I find it odious that he talked shit on Lindsay – but can’t be surprised, because he’s on Stern.

First off, despite his appearance on Lindsay’s list, Franco swears he never had sex with her. says Stern called Franco out:


“All right, we maybe kissed… it was lame. I can’t believe she put me on that private list, she’s so delusional!” Franco told Stern, who compared the actor (in his denials) to Bill Clinton.


The two briefly shared living quarters when they were each residents in the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. Franco says two of the poems in his current Directing Herbert White: Poemsare about the 27-year-old Lohan.


“I don’t know what to say other than we were at this hotel during a very dark period of her history and I think she liked — it seemed pretty damn clear — that she liked me,” Franco said.

Of their times at the celeb hive (famous for John Belushi’s 1982 drug death), Franco said Lohan would frequently visit his room — at one point, even cajoling a clerk to provide him with a key to his room.

“She even broke into my room one time: I was on the couch and opened my eyes and there’s Lindsay in my room at 3 a.m.,” he recalled, noting that he read her a story.


ABC News even reported on this Franco revelation, adding more speculation about Lindsay’s list.


Stern said that maybe her list was of people she was once in love with.

“Maybe that’s why I’m on the list of her obsessions,” Franco replied.


Maybe the spilling-of-everyone’s-dirt time needs to be over.

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