James Franco: Will His Flirtation With Girl, 17, Hurt His Career?

Fri, April 4, 2014 4:49pm EST by 10 Comments

If James Franco intended to get lots of publicity for his upcoming movie ‘Palo Alto’, he certainly did so with his viral teenage flirtation on Instagram. But will the scandal damage his career rather than boost it? HollywoodLife.com has spoken with some of the industry’s top image experts, who reveal how the award-winning actor can mend his compromised image.

Has James Franco‘s much-publicized attempt to hook up with a 17-year-old fan in an NYC hotel room cost him his career? Image expert Jacquie Jordan describes the actor’s actions as “a turn-off to his female fans,” but Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputations.com, knows exactly what the talented celeb can do to clean up his act. 

James Franco’s Teenage Flirtation — Did He Hurt His Career?

James’ questionable interaction with young Scottish fan Lucy Clode, 17, has landed the handsome thespian in some hot water. Can he save his career and get out of this scandalous mess unscathed?

“First off, we don’t even know if what happened with James Franco is the truth or a PR stunt because of his new movie Palo Alto coming out, which deals with a similar issue,” longtime public relations crisis expert Howard Bragman tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

In Palo Alto, James plays a high school soccer coach who seduces one of his teenage players (Emma Roberts). The trailer for the film — which is based on James’ short story collection Palo Alto – was released on April 2, the same day his texts and pictures leaked, and some believe that’s not a coincidence.

“It feels kind of real to me. But this is not going to have any long-lasting impact on James’ image,” Howard says. “In crisis terms, this is a speed bump, not a sinkhole. There’s no lasting damage here, it will pass. James’ fans will be understanding and forgiving. He was concerned with when the girl was turning 18. He didn’t not try any coercion. He was very straightforward with his intentions.”

But celebrity image consultant Jacquie Jordan thinks the incident could lead James’ biggest fan base to abandon him — at least for now.

“I think it’s a turn-off to female fans,” Jacquie tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Especially if you read the actual text dialogue. It’s like, really? That’s how quickly you feel entitled to pick up a chick and sleep with her? It will definitely change the way I view him.”

“And yes, he’s right, social media changes the game for all of this,” Jacquie adds. “It’s now more transparent and either a higher level of CLASS needs to be applied, or a higher level of discretion.”

So what should James do or say from this moment on?

“If he wants to do any more damage control, he needs to just keep his mouth shut,” Jacquie advises.

However, Howard applauds the actor for his candid confession on Live with Kelly & Michael.

“He looked appropriately awkward and sheepish on Live with Kelly & Michael. It felt very authentic. He handled it well,” Howard says. “He apologized. He owned his sleaziness. There’s nothing else James needs to do. He did it. He put it behind him, and now he needs to just move on.”

James Franco: His Sort Of Apology On ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’

As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, James went on national TV on April 4 to talk about his very public flirtation with Lucy.

“I’m embarrassed,” James told hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. “I guess I’m just a model about how social media’s tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers, did James really learn his lesson? Do YOU think his career can be saved? Let us know!

– Reporting by Sandra Clark

More James Franco News:

  1. James Franco’s Instagram Scandal: A Hoax To Promote New Film?
  2. Lucy Clode: See Pics Of James Franco’s 17-Year-Old Crush
  3. James Franco: Did He Try To Hook Up With A 17-Year-Old Fan?

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Posted at 10:12 PM on June 23, 2014  

There are 2 reasons why having sex with that girl would have been rape no matter whether she said yes or not or what the age of consent was. 1) When there is the encounter of a celebrity with their fan, their fan is going to want to do anything to please them. A fan is going to feel pressured because of the influence of the celeb and they won’t be able to say no to someone so superior to them. They don’t see their idol as a real person any more than the celebrity sees the fan as a real person so they can’t take into consideration what the other is comfortable with or care. 2) With that much of an age gap, one is a child and the other a full grown adult. There will always be that imbalance of power and the child will always be subordinate. With any young person, it is easy to be coerced, but coercion is a type of rape. Rape is when one person is not in the position to fully give well-thought, absolute, uncoerced consent. Consent cannot be given with that much of an imbalance of power and James Franco should have known that.

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Posted at 1:20 AM on June 24, 2014  

Ecclesiastes 12:14;For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Knowing this why do people condemn another?
1 Peter 3:19:By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Will people keep themselves out of that prison putting people into one that is seen?

Hebrews 10:30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Galatians 6:3:For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

(King James Version)Romans 14:10:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

James 3:17:But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Proverbs 11:9:An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Romans 2:1: Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest : for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

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Posted at 2:12 AM on April 12, 2014  

James doesn’t look all that sorry, that’s so cool! I adore naughty boys!

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Posted at 2:08 AM on April 12, 2014  

James has done nothing wrong; the girl was not underage; James didn’t do anything illegal. He’s a real lad who likes to have fun.
As for the accusations, it’s the perverts who are trying to shame him who need to be called out. They’re making the ‘incident’ out to be much more than it is. James should sue all of the social media sites, including this one, for trying to milk mileage by intimating that he has committed a criminal offense as well as inflaming public outrage about something that was clearly legal. Thank goodness for the law! James, lots of us still love you!

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Posted at 5:48 PM on April 5, 2014  

The top of his nails are so dirty. Take a bath you dirty boy.

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Posted at 8:51 PM on April 4, 2014  

For once on the sites existance could you actually let something go??? He apologized!!! What do you expect him to do now??? He can’t take it back, so just let it go!

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Posted at 8:52 PM on April 4, 2014  


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Posted at 7:38 PM on April 4, 2014  


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Posted at 10:38 PM on April 4, 2014  

well said lisa and i agree with you. just other media looking for attention i guess or have nothing else to do

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Posted at 10:46 PM on April 4, 2014  

He does not have to saty he is sorry. People giving him guilt not repenting will see God’s light saying they are sorry to late.They will becoming ashes. Deuteronomy 22:29 KJV
King James Version
Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.
That is sex before marriage. It is not a sin.

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