Last year, Lena Dunham openly defended Girls writer Murray Miller after he was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau. Now, it looks like the 32-year-old actress is regretting what she said.
When Lena was the guest editor for the Women in Entertainment issue of The Hollywood Reporter, she used it as an opportunity to issue a long apology to Aurora. “When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defense,” she wrote. “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.”
The reason that the actress didn’t speak up for Aurora last year was because she “wanted to feel like my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world.” However, Lena did admit that she hasn’t stopped thinking about the actress every day since then.
She confessed, “To Aurora: 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. You shouldn’t have been given that job in addition to your other burdens, but here we are, and here I am asking: How do we move forward? Not just you and I but all of us, living in the gray space between admission and vindication.”
Lena also mentioned Harvey Weinstein in the article and said that when he was accused of sexual assualt, she “cheered and clapped.” While it may seem like the actress is an open book, she revealed that she has “spent the last decade hiding.”
“I didn’t want to tell anyone about the 70-year-old Hollywood luminary who was so angry that I rebuffed his kiss that he made me do 30 takes of the word ‘hello,’ or about the Oscar nominee who drove me to the place he lost his virginity while I asked again and again when I could be dropped home,” she recalled. “It took the chorus of voices of women much braver — more open and honest than I’ve ever been — to expose the fact that these are not isolated incidents.”
Well, we’re glad that she is finally speaking out and apologizing now. We admire your strength, Lena!
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