After news spread to Scotland about James Franco’s embarrassing incident, a family member of Lucy Clode has spoken out—and it sure gets ugly.
Beryl Sussex, Lucy’s grandmother, recently voiced her opinion on the story and spoke on the 17-year-old schoolgirl’s behalf.
“I thought 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,” Sussex says.
“It shows how little these famous actors know about normal people and how to behave. They’re out of touch with reality. 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.”
Lucy Clode tags James Franco and deactivates her Instagram account hours after the incident played out.
The elderly woman from Cardiff, South Wales, noted that she doesn’t know James Franco given her age, but still believes “his behavior is not on.”
On Wednesday night, after attending Franco’s Of Mice and Men Broadway play, Lucy tagged Franco in an Instagram pic, which immediately sparked Franco's attempt to get a hotel room to hook up with her.
After Lucy tells Franco she’s with her mom and that she’s not yet 18 years old, she decides to ditch the 35-year-old actor—even though he provided proof that it was him.
“Lucy has lived quite a sheltered life, she comes from a respectful family. She isn't one for the limelight at all,” Lucy’s grandmother tells Daily Mail about Lucy’s interest in fame.
Friday morning, Franco appeared on Live with Kelly & Michael to speak out about the incident and confirming that it was, in fact, real.
“I’m embarrassed and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned – I guess just because I’m new to it – is you don’t know who’s on the other end,” he says. “I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
In case you missed it, watch James Franco's reveal on Live with Kelly & Michael.