Lena Dunham has publicly apologized to Aurora Perrineau for not taking her side when the woman accused Girls writer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012. Perrineau came forward in November 2017 during the height of the #MeToo movement, revealing that Miller assaulted her when she was 17-years old. Dunham instantly took Miller's side, going as far as to write a statement in his defense, insinuating that Perrineau's accusations were false and fell under a small percentage of accusations that wrongly target men in Hollywood.
After a year of thinking about her actions every day, Lena Dunham has written an essay to apologize to Aurora Perrineau, her family, and women all over the world. Dunham, who is also a victim of sexual assault, goes on to describe why she defended Murray Miller's "terrible mistake," and reveals that she is now friendly with the Perrineau family. She had this to say about the incident.
"And so I made a terrible mistake. When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defense. 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. I wanted to feel my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in and of itself, the privilege of ignoring what hasn't hurt you) and I claimed that safety at cost to someone else, someone very special."
After explaining why she protected Murray Miller, which included lying, Lena Dunham wrote out her full apology to Aurora Perrineau. Dunham is fully aware that many will read her apology and believe that she is trying to "curry public favor," and says, "I stopped thinking that was an option for me somewhere around 2014." As for her apology to Perrineau, you can read that below.
"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."
When Lena Dunham made her original statement against Aurora Perrineau, it was Judd Apatow and model Hari Nef, who first came out and told her that she had made a mistake. Murray Miller denies the sexual misconduct accusations and the Los Angeles District Attorney decided not to proceed with the case over the summer, citing "inconsistencies which cannot be overcome." Dunham then goes on to praise Perrineau for her brave actions in her essay. Dunham explains.
"(Your) bravery, openness, forgiveness, dignity, and grace in the face of legal proceedings and endless questioning and in the face of my statement has been astounding. You've been a model of stoicism, all the while reminding other women that their assault experiences are theirs to process as they wish (with noise, with silence, with rage-it's all O.K.). You have generously allowed me to speak about your many virtues here and tell these readers that you are moving on as a woman and as an artist."
Lena Dunham has apologized to Aurora Perrineau, and to women all around the world and in the entertainment industry. Perrineau and family have accepted her apology, but the public remains unsure after a few years of Dunham, "oversharing," as she calls it. Whatever the case may be, she is obviously sorry for her actions last year and is trying to make things right, which isn't such an easy thing to do in public. You can read the rest of Dunham's essay over at The Hollywood Reporter.