Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham Apologizes After Defending ‘Girls’ Writer Who Was Accused of Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham issued an apology on Saturday after she received backlash for coming to the defense of a writer on “Girls” who had been accused of sexual assault.

She wrote on Twitter, “I never thought I would issue a statement publically 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 continued, “I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry … 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. 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.”

Dunham had said on Friday that “Girls” write Murray Miller — who was accused of assault by actress Aurora Perrineau when she was just 17 — was “one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.”