Brie defends James Franco after misconduct allegations

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Alison Brie has defended her brother-in-law James Franco following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

Speaking to E! at the 2018 SAG Awards, Brie said that "obviously" she supports her family, while also stressing that it's important for people to "speak out and come forward" following the #metoo and Time's Up movements.

After the Golden Globes earlier this month, several women came forward on Twitter to accuse Franco of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Franco has publicly denied the allegations and later also denied allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour from five women. His attorney deemed them "not accurate".

He was also criticised for wearing a Time's Up pin, showing support for the movement which aims to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment as well as providing legal funds.

Brie – who is married to James' brother Dave Franco – said: "It remains vital that anyone that feels victimised should and does have the right to speak out and come forward."

She continued: "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."

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Brie's response comes after Scarlett Johansson called out Franco in her speech at the Women's March in LA this weekend.

She said: "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."

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