Lena Dunham has issued an apology — and later deleted it — after she got here beneath intense scrutiny on-line after she publicly defended a former Girls author who has been accused of sexual assault.
“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,” Dunham wrote on Twitter. “Therefore I by no means thought I might situation a press release publicly supporting somebody accused to sexual assault however I naively believed it was essential to share my perspective on my good friend’s state of affairs because it has transpired being the scenes over the previous few months.
“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry,” she mentioned. “We have been given the present of highly effective voices and by talking out we have been placing our factor on the size and it was fallacious. We remorse this choice with each fiber to our being.
“Ever 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,” Dunham wrote. “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 woman who have been disappointed.”
The tweet was later deleted.
On Friday, actress Aurora Perrineau accused author Murray Miller of allegedly sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was solely 17. Later that day, Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner issued a press release voicing their assist of Miller and insinuating that Perrineau “misreporteted” her alleged rape.
“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,” the pair mentioned on the time. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”
Dunham was nearly instantly criticized by feminists on-line for her response, which they noticed as hypocritical given her outspoken feminist stance and assist for victims of sexual assault.
Many referred to as again to a tweet of hers in August when she made the declare that girls don’t lie about rape. “‘Believe ladies, until they are saying one thing a few good friend of mine, by which case they’re liars,’ ” one person wrote.
“Never name your self an advocate for girls once more since you’ve simply confirmed that you’re NOT,” one other critic mentioned.
Reps for Dunham, Miller and Perrineau didn’t reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark concerning the preliminary assertion and accusations.
Perrineau, daughter of Lost star Harold Perrineau, filed a grievance Friday concerning the alleged assault with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, in accordance with The Wrap, which first reported the information. The 23-year-old claimed that she was 17 when she met Miller at L.A.’s Standard Hotel with buddies. Admitting she “consumed some alcoholic beverages,” she alleged Miller, then 35, requested them for a experience residence, the place all of them went inside, reluctantly on her half, after arriving.
In her assertion for a polygraph take a look at taken in September, she claimed she awoke bare in his mattress the place he was “having sexual intercourse with me,” towards her consent.
Miller’s legal professional, Matthew Walerstein, informed The Wrap he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” including that his authorized staff had “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims” and that Perrineau “sought substantial monetary damages” from Murray earlier than going to police.
Perrineau’s mom Brittany Perrineau mentioned that nobody had requested Miller for cash.
“At no time have we ever asked Murray Miller for one dollar. There was never a demand for money ever made from anyone on behalf of Aurora or our family,” she mentioned.