‘Not everything that has been reported is fully accurate,’ the ‘GLOW’ star said
Just 10 days ago, actor James Franco was accused of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behavior by five women, including former students, in a bombshell Los Angeles Times report. Franco had addressed some of the allegations against him while promoting his film The Disaster Artist on the late-night circuit prior to the report’s publication, but he’s been silent since. His sister-in-law Alison Brie, however, broke her silence on the matter during a red carpet interview at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
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
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
When asked, in the spirit of transparency, about the allegations against Franco, Brie said, “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.” Brie, who’s married to Franco’s younger brother Dave and also appears in The Disaster Artist, then added, “I obviously support my family.”
According to the Los Angeles Times report, former students Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel said that Franco would put “female students in uncomfortable situations beyond the normal parameters of acting class.” Dusome recalled how the actor became upset during a shoot when none of the actresses agreed to take their tops off. Katie Ryan, another former student, said Franco “would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts” [in film projects]. Additionally, actress Violet Paley recalled how Franco attempted to pressure her into oral sex in her car. The two were engaged in a consensual sexual relationship at the time.