AceShowbiz - Lena Dunham has issued an apology for defending her "friend" and "Girls" writer Murray Miller, who was accused of sexually assaulting an underage actress. The series' star and creator was widely criticized on social media over the weekend after she released a statement in which she appeared to defend the alleged perpetrator instead of the victim, Aurora Perrineau.
Aurora alleged Murray raped her in 2012. She was 17 when the alleged incident happened. When Lena posted a tweet in which she seemingly came to Murray's defense, Twitterverse went wild and slammed Lena for her dismissal of Aurora's account, prompting the 31-year-old actress to release a new statement in which she apologized for her wrong act.
"As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up. Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend's situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months," so she tweeted.
"I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry," the Lenny newsletter founder continued. "We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber to our being."
"Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case. Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, 'I believe you' is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed," she added. "We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed."
But it seems like her apology may not be enough, as many social media users accused Lena of backpedaling and only apologizing because of the criticism she received after her original statement. "This isn't about 'politics' or 'timing' - this is about claiming the feminist label only when convenient," tweeted an angry user.
This isn't about "politics" or "timing" - this is about claiming the feminist label only when convenient.— maple leaf latinx (@daibyday) November 19, 2017