Lena Dunham backtracks defense of 'Girls' producer accused of raping teen

Lawrence Kim
November 20, 2017

The alleged rape victim in question, Aurora Perrineau, has accused Girls writer and producer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012, when she was just 17 years old. Lena Dunham has done a bad thing and apologised for it.

In her post she also talked about her time in Nigeria while attending a feminist literary festival - from where she wrote the FB post -and said she was inspired by "the women here who are facing such vast obstacles, putting themselves in danger every day to help women in some of the worst conditions on earth". She's now in Nigeria at a literary festival hearing stories from women who are "putting themselves in danger every day to help women in some of the worst conditions on earth".

Lena Dunham did a major backtrack following backlash from her decision to defend a "Girls" producer who was recently accused of raping a teenage girl.

"It is time for women of color - black women in particular - to divest from Lena Dunham", Zinzi Clemmons tweeted, followed by a long statement in which she revealed that she has known Dunham since the two "ran in the same circles in college".

Deadline said the show had already been considering writing off the character played by the United States actor, who has also won a Golden Globe for the role, after allegations first emerged against him earlier this month. "We apologise to any women who have been disappointed".

Zinzi says she was in the same year as Jemima Kirke, who starred in Girls with Lena, at Brown University in America.

Clemmons also claims one of her best friends was "victimised in nearly the exact same way [as Aurora Perrineau] by someone in Lena's circle". She said they had mutual acquaintances.

She wrote, "Back in college, I avoided those people like the plague due to their well-known racism".

She said Dunham and the women in her circle - whom she referred to as "wealthy, with parents who are influential in the art world" - were notorious at the time for "their well-known racism".

She ended the post by saying she was willing to "sacrifice" money and comfort to hold Dunham accountable for her actions. "Why are you overreacting?" is a common response to a lot of these statements.

She gave an example of a girl in Dunham's circle who would use the N-word during conversations to be provocative, but when she was called out on it she would reply by saying, "It's just a joke". "It was never addressed", she wrote. "We were powerless against them".

She's also throwing general shade at the Girls creator, because at this point, why not?

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