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Lena Dunham Has Apologized for Defending a ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Sexual Assault, & Twitter Still Isn’t Having It

After coming under fire for defending a Girls writer accused of sexual assault, Lena Dunham has apologized for her statement of support. Entertainment Weekly reports that Dunham responded to criticism on Twitter after many accused the well-documented feminist of acting hypocritically once someone she personally knew was said to have sexually harmed a woman.

“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. “Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publicly 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.”

Dunham and her Girls co-creator Jenni Konner defended writer Murray Miller earlier this week when 23-year-old actress Aurora Perrineau accused him of having sex with her against her consent when she was only 17. At the time, Dunham tweeted, “I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.” She and Konner also said in a statement that “this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

In her apology, Dunham said, “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…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.”

“Under patriarchy, ‘I believe you’ is essential,” Dunham said. “Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any women who have been disappointed.”

Given the circumstance that brought about her apology, many Twitter users haven’t been too accepting of Dunham’s new statement. Actress Haley Ramm, who starred with Perrineau in the ABC Family show Chasing Life, replied to Dunham’s tweet, “A perfect example of saying sorry just to say sorry. Too late…colors have been shown, babe.”

On Instagram, Ramm also called out Dunham for “tearing [Perrineau] down” and acting against her August 2017 tweet about women never lying about rape.

Others responding to Dunham’s apology also addressed the actress’s misleading displays of feminism. 

Perrineau has not yet responded to Dunham’s apology or initial statement supporting Miller.  

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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