Published Dec 05, 2018Forever sticking her foot in her mouth, Lena Dunham is now trying to do some damage control with regards to sexual assault allegations against her fellow Girls writer Murray Miller.
Despite previously defending Miller, Dunham has now penned an apology to his accuser, actress Aurora Perrineau.
"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," Dunham wrote in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. "There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life. 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. I wanted to feel my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in and of itself, the privilege of ignoring what hasn't hurt you) and I claimed that safety at cost to someone else, someone very special."
She continued to directly address Perrineau, "You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year. 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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Last year, Miller was accused of sexual assault by Perrineau, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident — and when the story broke, Dunham publicly defended her co-worker and accused Perrineau of lying about being raped.
At the time of the allegations, Dunham and her Girls co-creator Jenni Konner released a statement, which read in part:
It's a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. 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. 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.