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Alison Brie defends brother-in-law James Franco, who stands accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

Actor Alison Brie attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Actress Alison Brie responded to questions Sunday night about the sexual misconduct accusations against her brother-in-law James Franco. Five women have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against the actor. Brie, know for her roles on the TV series GlowCommunity and Mad Men, is married to Franco’s brother, Dave. During an appearance on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, she spoke briefly about the issue and defended her brother-in-law, suggesting the reporting on Franco hasn’t been entirely accurate.

“It remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward,” Brie told E! reporter Giuliana Rancic. She added, “I obviously support my family and not everything that’s been reported is fully accurate.” Franco attended the event, but skipped the red carpet portion of the evening.

The embattled actor, who has denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, came under withering fire from Scarlett Johansson on Saturday at the Women’s March in Los Angeles. Johansson, during an impassioned speech, called Franco out for wearing a Time’s Up pin onstage to accept his Golden Globe award two weeks ago. “I want my pin back, by the way,” Johansson said, without mentioning his name. A spokesperson for Johansson later confirmed she was referring to Franco.

In her remarks, Brie was careful to defend a family member without broadly criticizing the #MeToo movement. “Now is a time for listening, and that’s what we’re all trying to do,” she said. Watch the interview below.


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