The actor was just one of 36 people named in her alleged sex list, which was revealed via In Touch. The tabloid claimed Lohan jotted down her past lovers and left it behind at the Beverly Hills Hotel Jan. 30. Lohan has not publicly commented on the cover story or its follow-up, which alleged the actress bedded everyone from Justin Timberlake and Orlando Bloom to Ryan Phillippe and Ashton Kutcher.
Franco shares his thoughts on Hollywood and certain celebrities in his poetry book, Directing Herbert White. "I didn't write anything bad about them," the 35-year-old Of Mice and Men actor tells Los Angeles Magazine. "And Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she's-slept-with list! So I feel like what I said is much less than what she's said." (Again, Lohan has never copped to writing it.)
The This Is the End actor first addressed the romance rumors during a March 2012 SiriusXM radio interview with Howard Stern. "You turned down sex with Lindsay Lohan, didn't you?" the host asked Franco. "Back then when she was a lot hotter?" Not wanting to add fuel to the fire, the actor and novelist replied, "Oh, gosh. Poor Lindsay. I haven't talked to her in a while...We were friends."
Franco said he first met the rehabbed actress "through friends" when he was staying at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood. "My house in L.A. was being redone, so I did this thing where I just stayed at the hotel, and she had been living there for a couple years," the Spring Breakers star recalled.
Stern continued to grill him about Lohan, asking the single star, "And you turned her down sexually?"
"I mean, I don't want to brag about it," he answered. "I don't know how that got out." Acknowledging that the 27-year-old actress had been in trouble—she was arrested six times in less than 10 years, after all—Franco told Stern, "She was having issues even then, so you feel weird. Honestly, she was a friend. I've met a lot of people that are troubled and sometimes you don't want to do that."