James Franco proving the struggle is real pic.twitter.com/MkuWqD2wKQ— (@GordonGekkoJr) April 4, 2014
After the pictures and screenshots of a conversation which seemed to show him trying to get her to meet him at a hotel room, were passed around the internet, James then took to twitter to say, "I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME."
He later deleted the tweet.
With evidence looking quite damning, people were still struggling to deal with the idea.
With the release of his new film Palo Alto - a story in which he seduces an underage girl - just around the corner, a lot of people thought it was a publicity stunt.
Solid publicity stunt from James Franco for @PaloAltoMovie.— Jamie (@Jmeflah) April 4, 2014
Equally a whole host of people's incredulity was based on the idea of someone turning down James Franco:
"I turned James Franco down... while riding to Walmart on a flying pig to collect my $1 Ferrari."— Felice Fawn (@felicefawn) April 4, 2014
Whether you think 17-year-old you would meet a handsome, famous actor in a hotel room is beside the point.
After Spring Breakers with it's young female cast, judgement was swift from those who believe the messages were genuine.
And it seems it was these people who were proven right as James has spoken out on US TV about how "tricky" social media can be.
"I'm embarrassed and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky."
It's the way that people meet each other today.
But what I've learned, I guess because I'm new to it, is you don't know who's on the other end."
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