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James Franco defended by sister-in-law Alison Brie after sexual misconduct allegations

The Disaster Artist star was called out at a Women's March in the US by Scarlett Johansson over the weekend

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 22 January 2018 09:41
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James Franco defended by sister-in-law Alison Brie after sexual misconduct allegations

James Franco's sister-in-law Alison Brie has said some of the accusations levelled against James Franco are not “fully accurate”.

The GLOW star, who married Franco's brother and The Disaster Artist co-star Dave Franco last year, was asked about the controversy on the red carpet at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“What we've always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimised should and does have the right to speak out and come forward,” she told E! news.

“I obviously support my family and not everything that's been supported is fully accurate, so I think we're waiting to get all the information. But, of course, now is a time for listening and that's what we're all trying to do.”

She also praised Franco's reaction to the allegations to Entertainment Tonight: “You know, I really admire how he's handling everything, listening and being open to change.

“I think we all need to support men being open to change if we want to see major change in this industry.”

Franco was absent from the red carpet at this year's SAG Awards following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by five women, including former students at his Studio 4 acting school in New York - however he did attend the awards, where he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.

It marked his first public appearance since the women accusing him spoke out, after the 39-year-old was seen wearing a Time's Up pin in support of the movement at the Golden Globes.

James Franco wearing a 'Time's Up' pin at the Golden Globes

His lawyer Michael Plonsker disputed the allegations made in the LA Times and directed the publication to Franco's comments on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for the things that I have done,” he said. “I have to do that to maintain my well being.

“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 shut them down in any way.

“If I have done something wrong,” he added. “I will fix it - I have to.”

Over the weekend, he was called out by fellow actor Scarlett Johansson for apparent hypocrisy at this year's Women's March.

Johannson, who is one of the original members of the Time's Up campaign and a major donor to its fund, asked: “How could a person publicly stand by an organisation that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault, while privately preying on people who have no power?”

“I want my pin back, by the way,” she added.

A representative for Johansson later confirmed to the LA Times that she was referring directly to Franco.

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