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Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending 'Girls' Writer from Sexual Assault Allegations

Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending 'Girls' Writer from Sexual Assault Allegations

Lena Dunham is speaking out with an apology after she defended her friend, Girls writer Murray Miller, against sexual assault allegations made by actress Aurora Perrineau.

The actress and Girls creator was criticized for saying that “this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

Lena tweeted out an apology statement on Saturday afternoon (November 18), but then deleted it soon after.

“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,” Lena wrote (via THR). “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 of our being.”

Click inside to read the rest of the statement…

“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,” she added. “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.”

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  • Ugonna Wosu

    She’s still frightening.

  • Penny Dreadful

    Who the hell is “we”???

  • Blair Waldorf

    Too late Lena. You proved what a hypocrite and flat-out horrible person you are (again) by calling a victim a liar and a gold-digger, you can’t just take that back.

  • NerdyBirdy

    too late bitch

  • meme

    shut up bitch. she can’t deal with any negative feedback so she apologized. what a phony

  • Ausangel01

    And what if the allegation turns out to be true? You and your big mouth have made it that much harder for both Women and Men to come forward, especially within your own Industry. Why come forward if they know people like you are going to name them and publicly call them liars!

  • Angie

    She’s so dumb.

  • cafeast

    A little too late, fatty.
    You are used to opening up your mouth to shove baked goods in it every 5 minutes, but rape isn’t a 10000 calorie dessert. Close your mouth once in a while. You are fat. And unintelligent. And fat. Did I say fat?
    You’re fat.

  • cafeast

    Maybe to an open buffet. Why anyone would be frightened by that?

  • cafeast

    Not really.
    I don’t think anyone pays that much attn to what this mentally challenged land whale has to say. People will still come forward or choose silence at their own discretion.

  • Ausangel01

    I hope so. I don’t want anyone to not come forward if something has happened to them. But unfortunately Lena being a ‘celeb’ her voice does carry weight no pun intended and it could scare a frightened young person into staying silent.

  • Gigi La Moore

    How did this person become favorite? She is horrid.

  • Jenni

    the other woman that wrote that first statement with her

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  • Amber


  • Phil the Donahue

    Her father molested her,she is mental

  • agus

    Her constant apologies show how weak person she is – you have right to defend whoever you want but you must accept the consequences. And by the way, stop with “as a feminist, because you don’t know what this word means.

  • cafeast

    Fair point.

  • Adeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Can media stop hyping up these fake feminist women? They do not represent feminism and its nothing more than a branding strategy for them

  • suzybel

    This dumb twat digs a bigger hole ever time she opens her big mouth.

  • Utope

    What she did was horrible, to cast aspersions on a woman’s allegations of sexual assault. This is now NOT to support women. She could have said nothing and quietly supported her accused friend. But she choose to come out and basically call this woman a liar. THIS is exactly what women have been fighting against when they face sexual assault, not being believed. Dunham has lost a lot of respect in my eyes, and her apology rings hollow in light of it all.

  • Blake

    omg can someone just shupt her up…nobody wants to hear anything coming out of your annoying pie hole

  • cutitout

    Accusers should be heard-out, “belief” should come after evidence is presented. Its ridiculous and completely against our legal system to tar and feather the accused with nothing more than an unsubstantiated claim.

  • cutitout

    Accusers should take their accusations to the police, have them investigated, and if the claim is worthy of prosecution, then the name of the accused should be released, otherwise it should be libel to publicly accuse someone and harm their livelihood and public standing with zero proof.

    Why shouldn’t people stand up for their friends? Why is OK for an accuser who can’t even prove they met a person half the time be allowed to go all Rose McGowen in the media without any reproach? Either a rape or assault happened or it didn’t and just making a claim should not be enough to destroy people.

  • Shlomo Teittleman

    Dunham is a filthy disgusting disgrace