On January 11, the Los Angeles Times published a report about five women who accused James Franco of “inappropriate” and “sexually exploitative” behavior. This came just days after the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, where Franco wore a Time’s Up pin in support of the current movement aimed at ending sexual harassment and gender imbalance in the workplace.
Since then, many have called out this seemingly hypocritical behavior—including Scarlett Johansson during a speech at yesterday’s Women’s March. And now, his sister-in-law, Alison Brie, has shared her opinion after Giuliana Rancic asked the Glow actress about Franco’s allegations on the red carpet at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Brie is married to Dave Franco.)
“We spoke a little bit about the Time’s Up movement at the Golden Globes,” Rancic said to Brie. “I know you’re a supporter of the movement, as am I, and so much of the movement has to do with transparency. And as you know your family and your brother-in-law [James Franco] has been in the news recently. What are your thoughts on that, and what can you share with us in terms of how that’s affecting you and your family?”
“I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward,” Brie said. “I obviously support my family, and not everything that’s 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
Franco responded to the allegations himself days after the Golden Globes, during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. “Look, in my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being,” he said. “I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to, you know, shut them down in any way. It’s, I think, a good thing and I support it.”
Franco is expected to attend the SAGs this evening, and we’ll update this post if and when he addresses the allegations.
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