Lena Dunham Apologizes For Defending ‘Girls’ Writer From Rape Accusations



Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Sexual Assault and Rape

On Friday, it was revealed that the actress Aurora Perrineau had accused writer Murray Miller of allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was just 17 years old, in 2012. In the wake of these sexual assault and rape allegations againstGirlswriter Miller, Lena Dunham andGirlsexecutive producer Jenni Konner released a statement defending their colleague. But following intense online backlash, Dunham has now released a new statement, walking back some of her original claims about the situation.

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As Dunham says in her new statement released on Twitter:

"As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up. Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically [sic] supporting someone accused of sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months. I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry. We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber to our being."

Dunham continues:

"Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case. Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, 'I believe you' is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any women who have been disappointed."

Dunham's apology comes following a plethora of criticism regarding her original statement about the alleged abuse, and suggestions that she was not a feminist. There was a particular focus on a tweet Dunham wrote in August 2019, in which she stipulated, "Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don't lie about: rape."

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Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don't lie about: rape.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 4, 2019

The original statement, issued by Dunham and Konner on Friday, reads (via Entertainment Weekly):

"During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed.





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