Lena Dunham apologizes to Aurora Perrineau for defending Murray Miller, friend accused of sexual assault – CBS News

07-12-2018 03:12

Lena Dunham has issued an open letter of apology to Aurora Perrineau a year after the maker of & # 39; Girls & # 39; was under fire because of her friend's defense, & # 39; Girls & # 39; author Murray Miller, who had accused Perrineau of sexual assault. Back then, Dunham, who had been working with Miller for years, said she believed the accusation was false.

In November 2017, Perrineau told the police in Los Angeles that Miller had sexually abused her in 2012 when she was 17 years old. A lawyer from Miller said at the time that he denied the accusations "categorically and fiercely".

Dunham came to Miller's defense last year but apologized later. Now she doubles herself with a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter. She opened the essay by talking about the pain that women have experienced in the past year in reliving trauma as the # MeToo movement grew, and wrote that she had done something unforgivable & # 39 ;.

She said she did not know she would contribute to someone else's pain. Dunham wrote: "I made a terrible mistake When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something unforgivable: I spoke in public in his defense. There are few things I ever could still regret it I did not have the "inside information" that I claimed but rather blindly trust in a story that constantly shifted and changed and that revealed itself to mean nothing at all. I wanted to feel my workplace and my world was safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in itself, the privilege of ignoring what does not hurt you) and I claimed that security was at the expense of someone else, someone very special.

"To Aurora: You have been in my thoughts and in my heart every day this year, I love you, I will always love you, I will always work to correct that, so you have a better woman and a better feminist. You should not have got that job alongside your other burdens, but here we are, and here I ask: how do we move forward – not just you and me, but all of us, who live in the gray space between admission and vindication. "

Dunham also spoke about her own experiences with sexual assault while acknowledging that such incidents are not isolated cases for women in general.

Dunham praised Perrineau and said: "Aurora – your courage, openness, forgiveness, dignity and grace in the context of legal proceedings and endless interrogation and in the light of my statement was astonishing. You have been an example of Stoicism, all while reminding other women that their attack experiences are of them to process as they want (with noise, with silence, with anger – it's all OK). You've let me speak generously about your many virtues and tell these readers that you are moving as a woman and as an artist, you have inspired me to do the same and I know that I am not alone. & # 39; She also expressed her admiration for Perrineau's mother, Brittany Perrineau.

In November 2017, Dunham issued a statement about Perrineau's accusations and said: "During the windfall of deeply-needed accusations in the past few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to hear so many female voices and darker experiences in This industry is justified, a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate it, but during every time of change there are also cases of culture, in enthusiasm and zeal, that have taken the wrong goals. together with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller.Although our initial instinct is to listen to the story of every woman, our insider's knowledge of the situation of Murray makes us confident that unfortunately this accusation one of the 3 percent is of violent cases that are reported wrong every year. It's a real shame to add that number, because outside of Hollywood women it still struggles to be believed. We stay with Murray and this is all that will be said about this problem. "

In January, Tessa Thompson the headlines after she responded to a comment on Instagram. When an Instagram user commented on a Time & # 39; s Up photo that Thompson placed and asked the actress why Dunham was pictured, the & # 39; Thor & # 39; star reacted honestly.

"Lena has not been everywhere in our group for the past two months, we have organized an open house for actresses for red carpet messaging, and Lena's presence was a surprise to us all," Thompson said. "This is a time of reckoning and for many a re-education, so many women have real work to do, I'm afraid it's too subtle a conversation on this platform, but I hear you, and know that your thoughts and words are not lost to me, it has been discussed. "

Later, Thompson removed the entire message.

Thompson later tweeted Her first statement was "not meant as an apology, but as an attempt to re-center the conversation around the work."

She continued: & # 39; The truth remains: many women, especially women in color, do not feel safe and seen. For those women, like Aurora Perrineau, I see you, I am with you, this must be clear. & # 39;