The New York Post: Lena Dunham slammed on Twitter for defending ‘Girls’ writer accused of rape
Social media has unleashed on Lena Dunham for her decision to defend a “Girls” producer accused of rape.
“You wrote me an email of support a few weeks ago and now you defend a rapist? WTF @lenadunham?” tweeted actress Asia Argento, who is now one of the dozens of women who have accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
You wrote me an email of support a few weeks ago and now you defend a rapist? WTF @lenadunham? https://t.co/UGZwpr9ap3
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) November 18, 2017
Dunham and her co-showrunner Jenni Konner released a joint statement on Friday defending producer Murray Miller who has been accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau when she was 17. He was 35 at the time of the alleged incident.
“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,” Dunham and Konner wrote in a joint statement. “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.”
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However, Dunham also tweeted an ambiguous message of support after releasing her statement with Konner.
“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,” she wrote.
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
Other social-media users are calling her a hypocrite for earlier casting herself as an advocate for rape victims as Hollywood is grappling with a tsunami of sexual assault claims. In particular, outraged commentators have resurfaced a tweet from Dunham in August defending victims.
“Life comes at you, fast @lenadunahm” wrote HLN commentator SE Cupp, along with two screenshots of her contradicting statements, who was one of the many Twitter users to do so.
When reached for comment regarding the aftermath of Dunham and Konner’s stance, a rep for the actress referred us to her earlier statement.
This story originally appeared at NYPost.com.