NEW YORK -- James Franco became a trending topic Thursday afternoon following a report that the 35-year-old actor tried to pick up a 17-year-old girl.
"Creepy" was the word that came to mind for many folks hearing about the story for the first time.
Clode apparently visited New York City for an early 18th birthday trip. While there, she met Franco outside his Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men." She took an Instagram video of the actor -- and in it, he says, "You gotta tag me." The clip has since been deleted.
Apparently she did. If the exchanges are real -- then the conversation picked online and via text with the two possibly coordinating a meet-up at a hotel.