NEW YORK (AP) – Actress Allison Williams is defending her dad, suspended NBC anchor Brian Williams, as a good man who cares deeply about integrity in journalism.
The “Girls” actress, who played Peter Pan on NBC in December, was asked by Seth Meyers during an appearance Wednesday night how her family has been holding up since her father’s career was put in jeopardy by questions about how truthful he is telling stories about his job and life.
“This has been a really hard time,” said Williams, who added that the family is counting its blessings for health and is appreciative of people who have reached out to offer support.
“One thing this experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man,” said Williams, who appeared with Meyers at the 92nd St. YMCA in New York. “He’s a really good man, he’s an honest man, he’s a truthful man. He has so much integrity and cares so much about journalism.”
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She called him “a really good dad, and I know you can trust him, because as any good daughter does, I have tested him on that so many times.”
NBC suspended Brian Williams for six months for telling a false story about being on a helicopter hit by an enemy grenade during the war in Iraq, and is looking into other claims he has made during interviews and appearances.