“Girls” actress Allison Williams defended her embattled dad — “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams — during an event Wednesday night in New York City.
“One thing this experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man,” 26-year-old Williams told talk show host Seth Meyers during an event at the 92nd Street Y, according to the New York Post.
“He’s a really good man, an honest man, a truthful man — he has so much integrity and so much respect for 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,” Williams said.
NBC News suspended Williams for six months without pay after it was discovered that on numerous occasions he told a false story about riding on a Chinook helicopter that was downed by an RPG during the Iraq War in March 2003.
Soldiers on that Chinook and others in the area at the time came forward late last month to dispute Williams’ claim.
After that lie was exposed, inconsistencies emerged in other stories Williams covered. His claim to have seen a dead body floating by his hotel room while covering Hurricane Katrina has been called into question.
During Wednesday’s event, Allison Williams talked about her dad’s time in Iraq, but did not directly address his Chinook tale.
“When he was in Iraq…I was in 9th grade and there was a father-daughter dance…before he left he said he would be back in time,” Williams began.
“As the day was coming, it didn’t seem like he was going to make it as he had promised,” Williams continued. “I was so upset and I got a surprise call from my dad from Iraq, and he was asking if I had a date to the dance. So that’s the kind of man he is. I can’t wait until he’s back on TV and I know many of you guys feel that way. Thank you for all your support.”