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Alison Brie Addresses James Franco Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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The agenda has changed for red carpet news hosts, gone are the questions of ‘who are you wearing?’ and ‘who are you most excited to meet?’. Now, celebrities are subject to much more uncomfortable questions, at least women who are marginally related to alleged sexual predators are.

At last night’s SAG awards, Alison Brie, was asked by E! News present Giuliana Rancic what her thoughts were on the sexual misconduct allegations against her brother-in-law, James Franco. She responded:

‘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 the information. But, of course, now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.’

Her poised response has been both commended and criticized on social media, with some complimenting her emphasis on supporting victims while others concerned with her reference to the accuracy of the claims.

However, by and large the criticism has been directed towards E! News, who were famously called out at the Golden Globes for paying their female hosts less than their male counterparts, for putting her on the spot with an inappropriate question – not doing the same for James’ brother Dave Franco – when she was there to celebrate her personal achievements. Alison was nominated for two awards, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for her role in GLOW.

We don’t doubt she was well-prepared for a question like this, given that James Franco chose not to walk the carpet himself, however to put her in this position seems wholly unfair given that other actors weren’t asked similarly uncomfortable questions (notably Timothee Chalamet for his work with Woody Allen- Giuliana just asked him about the pronunciation of his name).

James Franco has been accused of sexually exploitative behavior by five different women, four of whom were his students. He addressed the allegations himself on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

He was also called about by Scarlett Johansson at the Women’s March in Los Angeles on Saturday:

‘How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault, while privately preying on people who have no power?’

Adding: ‘I want my pin back, by the way.

It seems we can only take Alison's advice and wait for more information to understand the full extent of the allegations.

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