Mrs. Dunham's prominence in the Clinton campaign made his comments particularly resonant. Mrs. Clinton relied so much on Ms. Dunham's support that the actress and the writer were awarded first place at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. ("Hi, I'm Lena Dunham and, according to Donald Trump, my body is probably, like, a 2".)
Ms. Dunham's statement to The Times that he had warned about Clinton's campaign about Mr. Weinstein did not come long after she had provoked controversy by publicly defending a "Girls" writer, Murray Miller, who had been accused of sexual assault. A torrent of criticism followed Mrs. Dunham's words of support for Miller, whose attorneys "categorically and vehemently" denied the accusation. Three days after her defense of her colleague, Ms. Dunham posted an apology on Twitter. "Under patriarchy, I believe you is essential," he said, in part.
His defense of the accused writer was not the first time that Ms. Dunham had gone against the prevailing views of those in her circle. After a dinner at the Park Avenue apartment of Richard Plepler, HBO's executive director, several guests said Dunham had expressed displeasure at the way the Clintons and their allies had discredited women who said they had sexual encounters or He had been sexually assaulted by former President Bill Clinton, a topic that many Democrats have reevaluated in recent weeks.
The Times reported on the comments of Mrs. Dunham's dinner last January. At the time, his spokesman, Cindi Berger, said the description of his comments was a "total misrepresentation."
By then, the alliance between the candidate and the star had become critical, with Dunham scouring the country to help boost excitement in a Democratic primary season that saw many young women gravitate to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Mrs. Clinton had begun her campaign by promising that her victory would lead to "an America where a father can tell his daughter:" Yes, you can be what you want to be, even the president of the United States. " As Mr. Sanders's anti-Wall Street message took hold, Clinton's campaign realized that millennial women were a stubborn group, less inclined to feel the same gender loyalty than their mothers.
A Harvard The Politics Institute survey published at that time found that 38 percent of women aged 18 to 29 said they supported Mrs. Clinton in elementary school, compared to 40 percent of Sanders (In the general election, Mrs. Clinton would overwhelmingly win young women, 63 percent of Mr. Trump's 31 percent, according to the exit polls)
In Ms. Dunham, the campaign had found a feminist spokesperson in good faith that Mrs. Clinton's aides believed could connect with the younger women were Feeling the Bern. The creator of "Girls" made stops in New Hampshire and Iowa, where he spoke with young women who often wore dresses made to measure with the legend "Hillary".
"My underwear says 'feminist'!" He told a crowd in Iowa City.
Even in a campaign without a shortage of famous substitutes, Ms. Dunham stood out. He took charge of the candidate's Instagram account and conducted an extensive interview with Mrs. Clinton for Lenny Letter, the online feminist newsletter founded by Mrs. Dunham and the "Girls" show runner Jennifer Konner.
Mrs. Dunham also organized fundraisers, including one at the Soho House in Manhattan. It was also among the bold names, including Billy Crystal, Bernadette Peters and Julia Roberts, who attended a Broadway gala that Mr. Weinstein helped produce.
For years, Mr. Weinstein had been a loyal friend and donor to Bill and Hillary Clinton. In 2014, the Clintons rented a 7-bedroom property in Amagansett, N.Y., next to Mr. Weinstein's house in the Hamptons. After the November elections, the Clintons ate with Mr. Weinstein and discussed a possible documentary project. The talks collapsed shortly after the first accusations against him were published in The Times on October 5.
On October 10, when the accusations against Mr. Weinstein came up with the publication of a second Times article and another in The New Yorker, by Ronan Farrow, Mrs. Clinton said that she was " shocked and dismayed by the revelations "and that" the behavior described by the advancing women can not be tolerated ".
The inevitable divination that follows any electoral loss has been presented as a chronic condition in Mrs. Clinton's world. While Dunham says he has questioned the close association of the campaign with Mr. Weinstein, other Clinton allies have recently pointed to the dependence of liberal celebrities, and Ms. Dunham in particular, as evidence that the campaign was outside of Contact with voters during an election year off the head.
These allies have wondered whether, despite Mrs. Dunham's hard work for Mrs. Clinton and the millennial star dust dew on the election campaign, the New York-born star of voters to whom Mrs. Clinton needed to arrive.
Before the assemblies, Simone Frierson, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, told The Times that Ms. Dunham's HBO season set in Iowa "made fun of Iowans a bit." Ms. Frierson added that the episodes of "Girls" in which Mrs. Dunham's character, Hannah Horvath, briefly studied at the esteemed Iowa Writers Workshop "made us look simple."
In the final days of the campaign, Ms. Dunham made a short video for the comedy website "Funny or Die" that played on the criticism she had faced as a prominent Clinton supporter. In it, it makes a diverse group of friends ashamed to play a pro-Hillary rap as "MC Pantsuit."
"I wonder if I'm really hurting your chances of winning?" Said Dunham, dressed in a bikini. says at the end.
After the unexpected defeat of Mrs. Clinton, Mrs. Dunham was more serious about the guilt that had been thrown at her, telling Rolling Stone: "It's amazing, I'm like, & # 39; Why? We do not register with Russia, guys? & # 39; "
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