In what some are taking as his rebuttal to Lindsay Lohan's leaked list of purported sex partners, James Franco has published a short story in which he and the actress are characters who have a chaste encounter.
In "Bungalow 89," published Tuesday in Vice magazine's 2014 "Fiction Issue," actor-filmmaker Franco writes of living in the titular cottage at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont while his house is being repaired. Lohan, then also living at the hotel, insists on visiting him. Having previously informed her they would not have sex, he instead reads her two J.D. Salinger short stories, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esmé -- with Love and Squalor."
"She got my room key," Franco, 36, writes in the 3,000-word story about the price of fame. "One night she came in at 3 AM. I woke up on the couch, trying not to look surprised. Instead of [expletive], I read her a short story about a neglected daughter."
The Oscar nominee had alluded to a similar incident during an April 30 interview on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show, saying, "She even broke into my room one time. . . . I was on the couch and I opened my eyes and there's Lindsay in my room at 3 a.m." He added, "I will swear on anything you ask that I have never had sex with Lindsay Lohan. . . . All right, we maybe kissed. . . . It was lame. . . . I can't believe that she put me on that private list!"
Lohan said in April that the list was genuine and was done as a step in Alcoholics Anonymous rehab. Lohan's spokeswoman did not return a Newsday request for comment.