As SAG Awards nominee Alison Brie hit the red carpet Sunday night, one uncomfortable topic inevitably came up: sexual misconduct allegations against her brother-in-law, James Franco. On the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet, host Giuliana Rancic showed commitment to the Time’s Up campaign by asking GLOW star and nominee Alison Brie some less-than-comfortable questions about her brother-in-law, James Franco, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women. (Through a lawyer, Franco has denied all allegations against him.)
Alison’s response to the allegations
“We spoke a little bit about the Time’s Up movement at the Golden Globes, and I know you’re a supporter of the movement, as am I,” Rancic began. “And so much of the movement has to do with transparency. And as you know your family—your brother-in-law—has been in the news recently. What are your thoughts on that, and what can you share with us about how that’s affecting you and your family?” Brie responded :
“I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and, you know, does have the right to speak out and come forward, 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.”
Brie walked the SAG red carpet with her husband. She is married to James Franco’s brother, Dave, who appears with him in “The Disaster Artist,” for which James Franco is nominated for a SAG Award. Brie is nominated for outstanding actress in a comedy series for her performance in Netflix’s “GLOW.”
Victims reported being students
James Franco was accused of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report that published on Jan. 11, just days after Franco’s best actor Golden Globe win for “The Disaster Artist,” wearing a Time’s Up pin to the ceremony. In the report, five women accused Franco of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior, particularly while the women were students of Franco’s at Playhouse West and Studio 4.
Franco has denied the allegations in appearances on both “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” He told Colbert :
“The things that I heard 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,”
Alison a part of #Times Up
The Time’s Up movement, which was recently started by many powerful women working in the industry to fight sexual harassment, is supported by Alison Brie. Part of the controversy surrounding James Franco has to do with the fact that he was wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes, which was criticized heavily by his accusers and by many others in the wake of these allegations.
What do you think of these allegations?