Lena Dunham Apologizes to Alleged Rape Victim
A year after defending a Girls writer accused of raping Aurora Perrineau in 2012, Lena Dunham is formally apologizing. The self-proclaimed feminist and creator of the hit HBO series Girls, initially defended Murray Miller against the allegations. Dunham penned a letter as guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment issue, describing her first response as a "terrible mistake" and one she "could ever regret more in this life." Amid the #MeToo movement in November of 2017, Perrineau accused Miller of assaulting her in 2012 when she was 17. "I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray," she said in a statement for a polygraph test. Dunham and Girls showrunner Jenni Konner released a statement saying that they had "insider knowledge that 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. " In THR, Dunham, 32, admits her "insider" information was "blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all."