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Sister-in-Law Alison Brie Speaks Out On James Franco’s Sexual Assault Allegations

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It might be a new year, but the sexual assault allegations that started flooding out of Hollywood in 2017 just keep on coming. Earlier this month, James Franco was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, some of whom were his students. And now, Alison Brie — who's married to James's brother, Dave Franco — is  speaking out about the allegations against James.

After James wore a pin in support of #TimesUp to the Golden Globes, these five women came forward to share their stories about what they claim have happened to them while working for or with the Disaster Artist star. While talking to the LA Times, these women, including an actress named Sarah Tither-Kaplan, shared their negative experiences with Franco that ranged from him allegedly pushing a woman named Violet Paley‘s head down toward his penis while they rode in a car together to other women feeling exploited when he asked them to strip down for the projects they worked on together. So far, James has continued to deny these claims.

Of course, these allegations are fresh on everyone's minds as award season continues. And when Giuliana Rancic boldly asked Alison about the accusations on the red carpet during Sunday's Screen Actor's Guild Awards, she tried to strike a balance between emphasizing how important listening to victims is while also attempting to support her family at the same time. She 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. I obviously support my family. Not everything that has been reported is fully accurate, so I think we're waiting to get all the information. But of course now is the time for listening and that's what we're all trying to do.

It'd be easy to pick Alison's response apart, but honestly, it seems like she was trying to answer that inevitable question about her brother-in-law as delicately and respectfully as possible to all parties involved. And of course, above all else, Alison did point out that “this is the time for listening,” not questioning victims who manage to gather the courage to report their assault.

Alison has always been outspoken about the difficulty of being a woman in Hollywood, like when she pointed out the dilemma actresses have between fighting for meatier roles when it could mean being out of work for a while in an interview with Independent last year. What will happen next for her family is a mystery, but it does seem like we can still count on Alison for her support in the #TimesUp movement. Can 2018 please be the year that we finally take down all men wielding their power over women in such inappropriate ways in Hollywood? And maybe every other industry, too?

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