Lena Dunham has had time to reflect on her defence of “Girls” writer Murray Miller after he was accused of sexual assault and now regrets it.
The “Girls” creator penned an apology to Aurora Perrineau in a special piece for The Hollywood Reporter.
“The day that Harvey Weinstein was revealed to be a sexual predator — a secret that wasn’t really a secret to women who make movies, a story we kept whispering to one another between passed appetizers — was thrilling,” Dunham wrote of the impending #MeToo movement. “It felt like things were really changing.”
Dunham feels she sabotaged the very thing she was championing: the right for women to speak up. When Miller was accused of sexual assault by Perrineau, Dunham immediately came to Miller’s defence.
“I made a terrible mistake,” Dunham admitted. “When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defence. There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life.”
“I wanted to feel my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in and of itself, the privilege of ignoring what hasn’t hurt you) and I claimed that safety at a cost to someone else,” she continued.
Dunham expressed her sincerest apologies to Perrineau, addressing her directly in the piece. “To Aurora: You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year. I love you,” she proclaimed. “I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong.”
“It’s painful to realize that, while I thought I was self-aware, I had actually internalized the dominant male agenda that asks us to defend it no matter what protect it no matter what, baby it no matter what,” Dunham expressed.
The “Girls” creator, 32, concluded her op-ed with this, “I’m sorry. Moving forward from trauma is never easy, but there are brave women doing it for us. All we have to do is listen.”