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James Franco tries to pick up teenage girl on Instagram

James Franco has a strong online presence but he may have pushed it too far this time.
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James Franco has a huge social media presence and recently he made that presence known when he met a young girl on Instagram. According to E! News on April 3, James Franco met a girl on Instagram and asked her to meet up with him. The problem with this whole scenario? She is only 17-years old!

If the Instagram exchange is believed, James Franco knowingly picked up on an underage girl. She's only underage for a few more months but that part doesn't matter.

As the story goes, Franco met Lucy Clode outside his Broadway musical "Of Mice and Men." She took a video of herself with Franco in it and he made a comment that she should tag him on it. When she did, the two flirted a bit via social media and he asked her to meet up with him.

Clode explained to Franco that she was in the United States to celebrate her eighteenth birthday but it was still two months off. He didn't seem to care. Multiple times he asked the girl to meet up with him and when she hesitated, he ended the conversaion.

After news of the encounter and online exchange leaked, James Franco took to Instagram again. This time he posted a warning for parents to keep their children away from him. It read, "I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you."

Social media is great for a lot of things but can be scary when parenting minor children. Parents have to watch out for who their kids are talking to. The insane part is that in this case, you have to keep an eye on celebrities too.