Poster child for problematic white feminists and Girls showrunner Lena Dunham confessed that she made a “terrible mistake” in discrediting an actress' sexual assault allegations against the HBO series writer and executive producer Murray Miller. Aurora Perrineau, a biracial actress, claimed Miller raped in 2017 when she was 17 years old.
Last November, Dunham gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the case, in which she expressed support for Murray.
“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 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the actress wrote.
"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,” she continued.
Miller denied Perrineau’s allegations and accused the actress, who is now 24 years old, of trying to extort money from the producer. In August, following an investigation, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced that they would not prosecute Miller.
On November 19, Dunham wrote a tweet apologizing to “any women who have been disappointed” by her bias and said her friendship with the show's producer should not be used in making a judgement on the case.
In a essay published on The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Dunham admitted that she didn’t have the "insider information" that she claimed to have.
“And so I made a terrible mistake. 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,” she wrote. “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.”
The 32-year-old concluded by saying that Perrineau has made her a better feminist.
“To Aurora: You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year,” she continued. “I love you. I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong. In that way, you have made me a better woman and a better feminist.”
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