Lena Dunham took a step back from her staunch defense of an executive producer behind her hit series “Girls” after an actress accused him of rape.
The outspoken HBO showrunner said Saturday she foolishly lumped allegations lodged by “Jem and the Holograms” star Aurora Perrineau into the minuscule fraction of misreported assaults.
Dunham, 31, admittedly contradicted her feminist mantra to instinctively believe women by throwing her support behind her accused colleague, Murray Miller.
“Therefore 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 said in her apology.
Lena Dunham stepped back from her defense of “Girls” executive producer Murray Miller after he was accused of rape.
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“I now understand that I was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.”
Perrineau accused Miller of sexually assaulting her in 2012, when she was 17, according to a police report she reportedly filed Friday with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
At the time of the alleged assault, Miller was 35 and a year away from joining the “Girls” crew. Perrineau claims Miller spent the evening flirting with her at a hotel and later she woke up naked in the producer’s bed, with him raping her.
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“At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” Perrineau said in a statement.
Miller has denied the accusations.
Dunham and fellow “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner issued a joint statement Friday supporting Miller and slamming Perrineau’s claims as an attempt at “taking down the wrong targets” amid a heightened focus on misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal saga.
Actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report accusing Miller of raping her.
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“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,” their initial statement read.
The creator of the Emmy-winning show drafted a lengthy mea culpa rescinding her attempt at standing up for Miller, who served as her executive producer for two years starting in 2015. He joined “Girls” as a writer in 2013.
“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,” Dunham wrote.
“We regret this decision with every fiber of our being. 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.”