Scarlett Johansson Is Under Fire for Calling Out James Franco as Alison Brie Takes His Side
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The 'Avengers' star was referring to Franco when she said, 'I want my pin back,' at the Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday, while Brie said, 'I obviously support my family.'

AceShowbiz - A number of Hollywood actresses took part at the Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 20. Among them was Scarlett Johansson, who called out James Franco during her speech. "My mind baffles-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," she said at the podium, with Mila Kunis standing next to her. "I want my pin back by the way."

A rep for the actress later confirmed that Johansson was referring to Franco, who wore a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globe Awards. The actor has been accused by five women of sexual misconduct, which Franco denied while appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers".

But Johansson's remarks soon backfired as people noticed that she once defended Woody Allen, whom she worked with in "Match Point", "Scoop" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", against accusations that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

She said at the time, "It's not like this is somebody that's been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, 'I don't support this lifestyle or whatever.' I mean, it's all guesswork." Social media users then hit back at the "Lucy" actress. "Scarlett Johansson called out James Franco but how many times did she work with Woody Allen ??? When it's about money and career, the times up movement disappears very quickly I guess," one wrote on Twitter.

The editor of Vice Media's female-focused channel Broadly, Zing Tsjeng, similarly tweeted‏, "Yes, this is the same Scarlett Johansson who starred in three Woody Allen films and said of the accusations against him: 'It's all guesswork.' "

Meanwhile, Alison Brie, who is married to Franco's brother Dave Franco, has publicly defended her brother-in-law. She said on the red carpet of Sunday's SAG Awards, "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 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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