Allison Williams Defends Her Dad Brian Williams: 'He's a Truthful Man'

by Jackie Willis 5:02 AM PST, February 19, 2015
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Allison Williams has her dad's back.

The Girls star defended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams after admitting that he misspoke about his time spent covering the war in Iraq in 2003 (before he landed his job behind the anchor desk in 2004).

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"It's been tough, though," Allison said during a Q&A with Seth Meyers at New York's 92Y. "Obviously, toughest on my dad, who bears the full burden of responsibility for it, but one thing the experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man."

Continuing to dote on her dad, she continued, "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. And yes, he's a really good dad. I know you can trust him because, as any good daughter does, I've tested him on that."

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The Peter Pan LiveĀ star even shared her own story about her father's time in Iraq in 2003. Allison recalled that he was to return to the U.S. to take her to a father-daughter dance.

"As that date was coming, it didn't seem like he was going to make it like he had promised," she told Meyers. "And then a couple days before the dance I was so upset and I got a surprise call from Iraq from my dad and he asked me if I had a date to the dance. So, that's the kind of man he is."

The 26-year-old actress quickly added, "I can't wait for him to be back on TV and I know many of you guys feel that way."

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Allison does admit that the media firestorm surrounding her famous father has been a difficult time for her family -- but they're keeping their heads up. "We have also been very lucky, counting our blessings. We have our health, we have each other," she said. "It's been incredible to experience the outreach from people you love, family, friends, and then people we don't even know, strangers, just reaching out saying we want him back on TV."

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