Lena Dunham Apologizes for Molestation Scandal

By Camille Rivera | 3 years ago
Lena Dunham Apologizes for Molestation Scandal
Lena Dunham at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Russian Winter.

Lena Dunham issued an apology on TIME regarding the molestation controversy surrounding her latest book of essays, “Not That Kind of Girl.” The actress-writer said:

I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book Not That Kind of Girl.

First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.

Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.

As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.

The controversy began when “Truth Revolt,” a right-wing website, published an article by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro. Shapiro singled out a passage from one of Dunham's essays, where the actress-writer talked about her curiosity about the female anatomy as a child. Dunham described how, as a teenager, she examined her younger sister's genitals and persuaded the child to kiss her. Shapiro claimed that Dunham's actions were comparable to child molestation.

Dunham was initially defiant and lashed out at the commentator. She tweeted “I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I'd rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral.”

The actress' lawyers also threatened “Truth Revolt” with a lawsuit, saying that the post was defamatory. They also demanded a public apology.

However, the actress buckled under the pressure and issued a public apology. She also withdrew from two book tours in Antwerp and Berlin in the wake of the scandal and apologized to fans for cancelling.

Huffington Post contributor Ryan Chapin Mach defended the actress and attributed her past actions to childhood innocence. Samantha Allen, on the other hand, played down the backlash.

“The allegations of sexual abuse against Dunham seem to have stretched white feminism’s attachment to Dunham to its limits, but not beyond them,” she wrote, as published on The Daily Beast.“As long as Lena Dunham can keep white feminists in her corner, she can do no wrong.”

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