Lena Dunham defends the ‘Girls’ writer accused of rape, calling the actress a liar
‘3 percent of cases are misreported each year’
Actress Aurora Perrineau, 23, filed a police report on Friday accusing HBO Girls writer Murray Miller of raping her in 2012 when she was just 17 years old.
However, Lena Dunham has come to the defense of Miller, releasing a statement Friday with co-show runner Jenni Konner expressing support for the 40-year-old writer who's been accused of rape.
In her report the Passengers and Equals star says she met Miller for the first time at the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles during a night out with friends, and that he'd asked her for a ride home.
After repeatedly telling Miller she was underage, she says he invited her and her friends into his house and "I felt like I had to go along."
At some point the actress says, "I woke up in Murray's bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me," adding, "At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray."
Dunham who's been vocal about her own experiences with sexual assault, is calling it "one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year."
"While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story," Dunham says of herself and Konner, "our insider knowledge of Murray's situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year."
She further goes on to call it a "shame" that outside of Hollywood women struggle to be believed, saying she's sorry to add to that number, but that she stands by Miller and that's all she'll be saying about this issue.
Miller who is also a contributing writer for "King of the Hill" and "American Dad" has "vehemently denied" all allegations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"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," Dunham said on Twitter yesterday, despite telling an audience at a Power of Women event two years ago "When I was raped, I felt powerless."
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
Perrineau says she's filed a police report and "cannot talk about the investigation that is happening currently."