Look out, James Franco! Not only does the actor have to deal with a huge public backlash after he admitted to hitting on 17-year-old fan Lucy Clode on Instagram, but he now also has to face the fury of Lucy’s grandmother, who says he should get a ‘slap on the wrist!’
Beryl Sussex, 84, is coming for you, James Franco! It looks like the Palo Alto star’s public apology on Live! with Kelly and Michael wasn’t enough to satisfy Lucy Clode‘s grandmother. In fact, Beryl is so upset about James hitting on her “sheltered” granddaughter that she is demanding that he be held accountable for his actions.
James Franco Diss: Actor Faces Lucy Clode’s Grandmother After Instagram Scandal
Beryl is livid after James blatently tried to seduce her teenage granddaughter via Instagram and text, even asking Lucy if he should get a hotel room for them.
“I think he ought to get a slap on the wrist and I know my son, Lucy’s dad, wouldn’t be afraid to give it to him,” Beryl tells MailOnline. “It shows how little these famous actors know about normal people and how to behave. They’re out of touch with reality.”
Beryl clearly feels that James has a responsibility as a public figure to respect his young fans and to not take advantage of them or his celebrity status.
“Lucy isn’t even 18. It’s bad enough a man of his age is approaching her like this, never mind a movie star. I really take exception to this,” she says. “I don’t know this actor, at my age we don’t keep up to speed, but it’s quite clear his behavior is not on. Lucy has lived quite a sheltered life, she comes from a respectful family. She isn’t one for the limelight at all.”
James Franco: Why He Apologized For Instagram Flirting Scandal
James, 35, decided to own up to his Instagram flirting scandal on Live! with Kelly and Michael on April 4 so he could “move on from it” as quickly as possible, a source close to the actor revealed EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com.
“He wanted to do things the way Hugh Grant did when he confessed on Jay Leno years ago,” our source said.
In 1995, Hugh appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to talk openly about his arrest after being caught soliciting sex from a prostitute.
“He [James] was embarrassed but now in his eyes it’s over. He is a very trusting guy and that trust led him down a road where he got screwed over — but he wanted to speak up for himself, own it and move on,” the source added.
Do YOU agree with Lucy’s grandmother, HollywoodLifers? Should James get a slap on the wrist? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee