Ashley Benson And James Franco Dating? ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Posts Incriminating Photo!

11:45 AM EST 1/3/2013 by Amanda Remling, Celebeat Reporter

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Ashley Benson posted a pretty scandalous photo from New Year's Eve...and then took it down! Rumors have been circulating for months that the "Pretty Little Liars" star was dating "Pineapple Express" heartthrob James Franco, and a photo she posted shows they are definitely more than friends.

Benson posted the photograph in question on her Instagram. Dressed in black on New Year's Eve, the photo shows Benson with a female friend...and James Franco. While the duo can obviously just be friends posing in a photo, what makes the photo incriminating is that Franco is groping her chest!

[Click HERE to see the photo of Ashley Benson and James Franco.]

Benson must have realized her mistake in posting the photo, because the actress quickly took it down!

Benson and Franco will star alongside each other in the upcoming film, "Spring Breakers." The movie is about four college girls "who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation." The girls are bailed out by a drug dealer (Franco), who wants them to "do some dirty work."

RadarOnline.com reported in November that Benson, 22, was "smitten" with Franco, and got together with him after she split from her beau Ryan Good. Franco, 34, denied the romance rumors, writing in a blog post for the Huffington Post that Benson and co-star Selena Gomez are "Bieber's girls and I wouldn't dare tangle with the Biebs...I heard he wants to kick my a**. Yikes!

Will 2013 be the year that Ashley Benson and James Franco go public with their romance? Or will they keep hiding the fireworks? Sound off in the comments section below!

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