The 31-year-old actress drew outrage from people on social media after she came to the defense of Murray Miller, who has been accused of raping underage actress Aurora Perrineau.
"I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love," so Lena tweeted.
I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) November 17, 2017
Many called Lena, who is known as an outspoken feminist, out for defending the alleged perpetrator instead of his female accuser. "Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you've just proven that you are NOT," one angry Twitter user slammed the actress.
Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you've just proven that you are NOT.— JT. (@jtquisling) November 18, 2017
"what is wrong with you, for real," another user wondered.
what is wrong with you, for real https://t.co/7anyEUSeZy— c a i t l i n🌹 (@hello__caitlin) November 18, 2017
One critic claimed that "Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have spent so much time boasting about their feminist political commitments. Yet, all of their feminist righteousness goes out of the window as soon as their friend is accused. White women are an absolute trip."
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have spent so much time boasting about their feminist political commitments. Yet, all of their feminist righteousness goes out of the window as soon as their friend is accused. White women are an absolute trip. https://t.co/gRk10NHlt9— Evette Dionne 🤔 (@freeblackgirl) November 18, 2017
"Lena Dunham: women don't lie about rape, unless they're accusing my friend," another commented.
Lena Dunham: women don't lie about rape, unless they're accusing my friend pic.twitter.com/SQT9BJGU3x— Nate Bethea (@inthesedeserts) November 18, 2017
"He worked on her show so she 'knows him'. You don't know him girl. Nice try. You hired a rapist," one other tweeted, while another simply called Lena "Hypocrite."
Hypocrite— Eric Christian (@ericbumbera) November 18, 2017
This comes after Lena spoke out against sexual harassment allegation made against Murray by Aurora. The daughter of "Lost" star Harold Perrineau filed a complaint about the alleged attack with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 17 saying that she did not consent to sex with the "Girls" writer in 2012 when she was 17, according to TheWrap.
Aurora claimed she was with two friends when Murray asked one of them for a ride home "because he was drunk," and the group agreed. Murray was 35 at the time. Aurora alleged that "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."
But in her joint statement released on Friday evening, Lena, along with with EP Jenni Konner, stated, "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% 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," Lena and Jenni continued in the statement. "We stand by Murray and this is all we'll be saying about this issue."
Through his attorney Matthew Walerstein, Murray previously denied the accusations, saying that his team had "gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims" and "looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter."