Following Brian Williams’ six month suspension from NBC Nightly News for misrepresenting events that occurred while he was in Iraq covering the war in 2003, his daugther, Girls star Allison Williams, has spoken out in defense of the veteran newsman.
At a 92nd Street Y event in New York City on Wednesday, Allison sat down with Seth Meyers, where she briefly talked about how “tough” the experience has been on the family. However, she made a point to thank everyone who has reached out.
“It’s been an incredible experience to experience the outreach from people we love, family, friends, and then people we don’t even know, strangers, just reaching out saying we want to see him back on TV,” she said.
She then spoke about the type of man she knows her father to be. “One thing this experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man,” she said. “He’s a really good man. He’s an honest man. He’s a truthful man. He has so much integrity. He cares so much about journalism. Yes, he’s a really good dad but I know you can trust him because as any good daughter does, I have tested him on that so many times.”
Specifically, Allison recalled an instance in 2003 in which her father proved just how trustworthy he was. “I was in ninth grade and there was a father-daughter dance at the end of that year and before he left [to cover the war in Iraq]. He was assuming he’d be back in time for the dance, and then as the date was coming, it didn’t seem like he was going to make it but he had promised,” she said. “A couple days before, I was so upset, and I got a surprise call from Iraq from my dad and he was asking if I had a date to the dance. So that’s the kind of man he is, and I can’t wait until he’s back on TV.”