Lena Dunham has taken to Time Magazine to officially address the controversy surrounding a chapter from her new book, Not That Kind of Girl.
The 28-year-old Girls star was recently criticized by several right-leaning media blogs for passages they felt suggested a sexually abusive childhood relationship with her younger sister, Grace. Regarding her practice of bribing Grace with candy in exchange for kisses, Lena wrote, “Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.”
The book also described an incident where, as a seven-year-old, she examined her sister’s vagina.
Three days after angrily denouncing the criticism on Twitter, Lena has addressed the issue in a statement for Time. Here is the transcript in its entirety:
“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.”;