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James Franco wears solemn expression at 2018 SAG Awards in light of sexual misconduct allegations

Did he come in through a secret door?

By Holly Royce
James Franco attended the SAG Awards 2018, but he must have come in through a secret back door.
Spotted sitting in his seat with a somber expression during the ceremony, Franco was conspicuously absent from the red carpet following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him following his public support of the #Timesup and #metoo movements.
As part of the momentum of change around the #metoo movement, a fight for women to feel safe in Hollywood and beyond, Brie Larson & Lupita Nyong'o went on stage at the SAG Awards and announced a code of conduct to provide safety on set.
Brie Larson, who starred in the hit movie Room and famously refused to applaud after she presented Casey Affleck with a best-actor Oscar at the Academy Awards last year, was a brilliant choice to deliver the news.
At the start of night, Alison Brie more than a little awkwardly attempted to dodge questions about the sexual misconduct allegations being made against her brother-in-law, James Franco, while being interviewed on this year's SAG Awards red carpet.
The Glow actress stars alongside Franco in The Disaster Artist, as well as her husband, Dave Franco.
One of the first stars to hit the red carpet for the 2018 SAG awards, Alison (who looked stunning in her red, Glow inspired, floor length dress) was asked how it feels to have her brother-in-law make headlines.
"Everyone has the right to come forward speak out," the 35-year-old actress said, in an uncomfortable attempt to deflect the question.
"I obviously support my family and not everything that's been reported is fully accurate, so I think waiting to get all the information... uhhm..." Brie hesitates.
"Now is a time for listening and that's what we're all trying to do," she finishes.
Good save.
This is Brie's first SAG award appearance in ten years.
Alison and her husband Dave Franco.
Earlier this month, James Franco won an a Globe for movie The Disaster Artist, and Best Actor in a Comedy at the Critics' Choice Awards… but he didn't collect the award.
Since collecting his Golden Globe while dressed in black - ostensibly to support the Time's Up movement - the actor has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
A total of five women went on record accusing the actor of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behaviour, four of which are Franco's former acting students.
The women claim Franco "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts".
"He's in a really bad place, so bad that he changed his phone number," a source close to the situation told PEOPLE.
"His close friends are trying to be there for him but it's been hard – he's only talking to a select group of people. For now, he's just hiding out."