Today Lena Dunham’s words let down women everywhere.
The Girls’ creator was presented with an opportunity to stand up for women in Hollywood, instead she used her substantial platform to reinforce dangerous stereotypes and to help reaffirm the kind of toxic environment which has long protected sexual predators and silenced their victims.
Actress Aurora Perrineau has accused Girls writer Murray Miller of sexual assault. Perrineau has filed a report with the Los Angeles police.
Miller has since released a statement, through his attorney, denying the allegations.
“Mr. Miller categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” the statement begins.
“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who — on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf — sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.
— Variety (@Variety) November 17, 2017
“Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police. Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.”
But the biggest surprise in this case is Dunham’s reaction.
The Girls’ creator, along with showrunner Jenni Konner, released a statement defending Miller and claiming to have “insider knowledge” that leads them to believe the allegations are false.
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“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified,” the statement begins.