Alison Brie On James Franco Sexual Assault Allegations: “I Obviously Support My Family”
ALISON BRIE TALKS ABOUT JAMES FRANCO ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
Brie spoke about the Time’s Up Initiative, the empowering nature of her show GLOW, and the sexual misconduct allegations against Franco while on the red carpet. “I think that above all, what we’ve always said is it remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward. I obviously support my family,” Brie told E! News. “Not everything that has been reported is fully accurate, so I think we’re waiting to get all the information. But of course now is the time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
At the 2018 #SAGAwards, Alison Brie addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct made against her brother-in-law, James Franco: “It remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward.” pic.twitter.com/dG5uJJVko7
— E! News (@enews) January 21, 2018
Five women came forward to accuse the Disaster Artist actor of sexual misconduct. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, Hilary Dusome, Violet Paley, Ally Sheedy, and Natalie Chmiel all came forward with various stories about Franco. Most were students of Franco’s and claimed he would get angry when female students wouldn’t remove their tops for scenes. Another, Paley, is an ex-girlfriend of the actor, and claimed he once forced her to perform oral sex on him in his car. They all shared their stories, and Franco denied them in a live interview with Stephen Colbert.
Franco also got in trouble in 2014 when he was caught communicating with an underage British teen via social media. He asked if she was 18, and even after finding out she was only 17, the actor asked which hotel she was staying at and if he should rent himself a room.
Brie’s husband Dave Franco has not come out to speak about the allegations against his brother.
Brie continued on the red carpet by speaking about her role on GLOW, about a female professional wrestling TV show. She applauded the strong women who work on the show, and those in the wrestling community. “It’s wonderful to have all the women here,” she said, adding that the “fantastic” writing, comedy, and drama was “everything I was looking for as an actor.”
She added that she had to undergo a lot of wrestling training, but that it was very empowering. “I do feel like I carry that confidence everywhere I go now,” she said.