(PARK CITY, Utah) — James Franco has explained why a video he posted of himself “serenading” female friend Ashley Benson by lip-synching to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” disappeared quickly from his WhoSay page recently.
Speaking to E! at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Saturday, the 127 Hours star said, “I was asked to take it down by some people.”
Franco didn’t say who asked, but insisted it wasn’t Bieber.
“Bieber didn’t contact me, but I don’t think he was too happy,” he said.
In the clip, which went viral, Franco was seen dressed like Bieber with a sideways cap and a hoodie.
The actor insisted the video was not an attempt to offend the singer.
“I wasn’t trying to diss him,” said Franco.
Sources tell E! that Bieber never saw the Franco video.
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