Politics & Culture

Alison Brie Responds to Allegations Against James Franco

She's married to his brother, Dave Franco.

The Golden Globes made a big show of support for those who have been sexually abused by those in power with its black dresses and Time's Up pins. What it didn't leave us with is a roadmap for how to continue addressing systemic sexual violence. So, now, we as a society have been left with the rest of awards season (and the time after) to figure out exactly how to deal with sexual abusers in Hollywood. E!'s Giuliana Rancic took a step forward towards listening to those who are asking more of red-carpet coverage at the Screen Actor's Guild awards this weekend. 

Rancic asked Alison Brie, sister-in-law to the recently-accused James Franco, about her feelings towards the accusations against him, stating "Much of the movement has to do with transparency and, as you know, your family and your brother-in-law has been in the news recently,” and then asking “What are your thoughts on that, and what can you share about how that’s affected you and your family?” 

Brie's response was diplomatic: “I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and 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 of the information. But of course now is a time for listening, and that’s what we’re all trying to do.” 

While Rancic's stepping up brings new depth to red carpet coverage, several were quick to point out that the host didn't hold Timothee Chalamet equally accountable for his work with the accused Woody Allen. After all, is Brie responsible for the actions of her husband's brother? 

Both Brie and Franco were nominated for awards at the ceremony, which took place on January 21.

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