Okay well here’s something you don’t see every day. James Franco is facing a potential media shitstorm after some pictures were uploaded to the image hosting site Imgur that reportedly show Franco private messaging a 17-year-old girl he met at the stage door of Of Mice and Men, in which he’s currently starring.
Things start off innocent enough; Franco asks the girl where she’s from. Then she mentions that she is “nearly 18.”
Then things progress to text message.
The girl asks Franco to send her proof of who he is and the screenshots show a picture of Franco holding a piece of paper with the girl’s name written on it.
And then that’s it; it’s all very strange. But there is nothing to suggest that they actually ever met. (I will take this moment to point out that the age of consent in New York is 17.) And then there is the (extremely high) possibility that it’s completely fake altogether. Certainly more impressive things have been done using the magic of Photoshop.
Franco has not directly addressed the photos, but he did upload a denial to Instagram.
That post was then quickly deleted. Franco also apparently updated his Instagram bio to remove a sentence asking his underage fans not to DM him.
The pictures on Imgur have also been deleted, but nothing is ever truly lost on the internet.
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[screenshots via Imgur and Instagram]