‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham is coming to producer Murray Miller’s defense after being accused of raping an actress and Twitter users are not happy about it. Here’s what fans are saying.
Lena Dunham, 31, just found herself in hot water. The actress and writer behind Girls has come to the aid of one of the show’s producers — Murray Miller — after actress Aurora Perrineau came forward to allege he raped her when she was just 17 in 2012, via The Wrap. “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% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” Lena and the show’s co-showrunner Jenni Konner wrote in a joint statement. She followed up the statement with a similar post on Twitter: “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.” Her words were immediately met with fiery comments decrying her for standing by an alleged rapist.
“She sounds awfully sure when in reality there is no way she could be,” one user wrote. “This is how predators get by. They pretend to be nice, normal gentlemen and then nobody believes the victim because he is such a nice guy!” another chimed in. “Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you’ve just proven that you are NOT!” yet another added. This shocked and dismayed comments in response to Lena’s words just keep coming and coming. Head here to see more photos of the Golden Globe winner.
Murray himself has challenged the allegations leveled against him. He “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims” Murray’s lawyer Matthew Walerstein shared in a statement, adding that their legal team has “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”
UPDATE — 6:50 p.m., Nov. 18 — Lena has released another statement via Twitter apologizing for defending Murray in light of the allegations he’s facing:
“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. Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically (sic) 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. 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. 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. 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 women who have been disappointed.”
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.
— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) November 17, 2017
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