Self-proclaimed feminist actress Lena Dunham has rushed to the defense of one of the writers for her HBO show “Girls” after he was accused of sexual assault.
Dunham is quick to accuse those she does not like, such as President Donald Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, of sexual abuse. But when it comes to herself and her friends, the rules aren’t the same.
Actress Aurora Perrineau, who starred in “Jem and the Holograms,” accused writer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012, when she was 17-years-old, according to a police report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, The Wrap reported.
“I filed a police report today. I cannot talk about the investigation that is happening currently,” she told The Wrap.
Miller’s attorney, Matthew Walerstein, issued a statement to the media stating that his client “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims” and added that they have “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”
“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,” the statement read.
Perrineau’s mother denied the allegations that her daughter or her legal team were looking for a payoff from Miller.
“At no time have we ever asked Murray Miller for $1. There was never a demand for money ever made from anyone on behalf of Aurora or our family,” Brittany Perrineau said.
Dunham added her defense for Miller by issuing a joint statement with “Girls” showrunner, Jenni Konner.
“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. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. 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. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue,” the statement read.
Interesting that when it is one of Dunham’s friends, he is part of the “three percent” of falsely accused men. It is also unknown where Dunham got her “three percent” number.
A study by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said that the number of false reports could be as high as 10 percent, and added that “much of the research conducted on the prevalence of false allegations of sexual assaults is unreliable because of inconsistencies with definitions and methods employed to evaluate data.”
That still means that the overwhelming reports of sexual abuse are credible, and all should be investigated. But using an arbitrary number to defend your friend and skewer your enemies is not the way to do it.
And if Sunham is so convinced that Miller is part of her “three percent” she should check with The Wrap, which obtained a copy of a lie detector test Perrineau took in September about the allegations. A lie detector test that she passed.
In a statement that accompanied the lie detector test, the actress told the police that she was with two friends when Miller asked one for a ride home “because he was drunk.”
“He was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old,” she said.
She told police that everyone got out of the car at Miller’s house.
“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” she said.
Could anything more be expected of Dunham, a woman who admitted to molesting her kid sister?
Dunham was hammered on social media, with many citing the race of the accuser and the accused.
Lena Dunham (August): ‘Women don’t lie about rape’
Lena Dunham (Today): Defends GIRLS writer accused of rape ? pic.twitter.com/sJad5WId74
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) November 18, 2017
Apparently Lena Dunham is a huge supporter of women coming forward with sexual assault unless it’s someone she knows personally and has held her up and filled her world with love.
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) November 18, 2017
I have no respect for Lena Dunham.
She wrote about bribing her sister with candy if she could kiss her on the lips. #LenaDunham pic.twitter.com/waZyhxFe3z
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham in Aug 2017: women don’t lie about rape.
Lena Dunham in Nov 2017: …unless they’re accusing a friend of mine. pic.twitter.com/GxLHrHUBFr
— Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham: writes about molesting her sister
also Lena Dunham: MY FRIEND IS NOT A SEXUAL PREDATOR. I CAN VOUCH FOR HIM. pic.twitter.com/eDiJJz14IR
— Ines Helene (@inihelene) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham is the woman at the feminist march who voted for Trump. Susan B Anthony’s wildest dreams.
A Trash box funk box. The worst part of culture, the entitled mediocre white woman. pic.twitter.com/V3tVGGmrJo
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham doesn’t believe her white male friend raped her black female costar? Color me shocked. Almost like white feminism is really only about uplifting and supporting white women as they pursue their ultimate capitalistic goals of sharing the role with men as oppressors.
— ?Merry Katmas? (@kat_blaque) November 18, 2017
Life comes at you fast @lenadunham. pic.twitter.com/WSq9NOROvJ
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) November 18, 2017
Good morning to everyone, except people waking up and JUST realizing Lena Dunham is trash. pic.twitter.com/NhflP8kJb8
— Chills!Thrills!Jill! (@Jillhopkins) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham does, however, contribute to the long, violent history of white men raping Black women. #solidarityisforwhitewomen pic.twitter.com/XNmzFOG8jJ
— Kelly Wickham Hurst (@mochamomma) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham and Al Franken ripped from their public pedestals by other liberals in the same week? pic.twitter.com/etmg6WLjyM
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) November 18, 2017
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