Lena Dunham Apologises For Defending 'Girls' Writer Accused Of Sexual Assault
Lena Dunham has issued a public apology for defending a 'Girls' producer who was accused of rape.
In November 2017, Dunham and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner stood by their colleague Murray Miller, who was accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau when she was 17.
Dunham and Konner stated that they had "insider knowledge" that made them "confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year".
Dunham issued a brief apology last year for her "naive" comments, but has now come out in full support of Perrineau, admitting she made a "terrible mistake" in supporting Murray.
"When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defense. There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life," Dunham has written in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter.
"I didn't have the 'insider information' I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all.
"I wanted to feel my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in and of itself, the privilege of ignoring what hasn't hurt you) and I claimed that safety at cost to someone else, someone very special."
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Dunham then added that she "loved" Perrineau, saying that she had made her a "better woman and a better feminist".
"It's painful to realise that, while I thought I was self-aware, I had actually internalised the dominant male agenda that asks us to defend it no matter what, protect it no matter what, baby it no matter what," Dunham wrote.
"Something in me still feels compelled to do that job: to please, to tidy up, to shopkeep. My job now is to excavate that part of myself and to create a new cavern inside me where a candle stays lit, always safely lit, and illuminates the wall behind it where these words are written: I see you, Aurora. I hear you, Aurora. I believe you, Aurora.
Perrineau is yet to respond to Dunham's comments.
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