Alison Brie Addresses Brother-in-Law James Franco’s Sexual Misconduct Accusations

“Anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward,” Brie said about allegations raised against James Franco, her brother-in-law

Last Updated: January 22, 2018 @ 8:24 AM

Alison Brie discussed her brother-in-law James Franco’s sexual misconduct allegations at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, saying that “anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out.”

E! host Giuliana Rancic caught up with Brie on the SAG Awards red carpet Sunday and mentioned allegations against the “Disaster Artist” director/producer/star, who is the older brother of Brie’s husband, Dave Franco.

The women had previously discussed the need for transparency in the TIMESUP movement, but the crusade took a very personal turn two weeks ago when five women came forward and accused James of sexually exploitative or inappropriate behavior.

“What can you share with us in terms of how that’s affecting you and your family?” Rancic asked.

“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,” Brie answered. “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 a time for listening, and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”

James Franco said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that he wouldn’t “actively refute” the accusations and that he has his “own side of this story.”

“But,” he added, “I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much. And if I have to take a knock because I’m not gonna try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much.”

The #TIMESUP movement has focused on supporting women in the wake of allegations of sexual assault and misconduct being made of numerous powerful men in Hollywood and beyond.