Blindly supporting someone is wrong on both sides of sexual assault allegations.
Lena Dunham, an actress famous for her liberal and feminist ideals, has released a statement admitting she lied about knowing details of a sexual assault her friend was involved in.
“Girls” writer Murray Miller was accused of sexual assault in 2017, and Dunham released a statement supporting her friend and denying the truth of the allegations.
But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. 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 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.
“And so I made a terrible mistake. When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defense,” Dunham wrote. “There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life. I didn’t have the ‘insider information’ I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all.”
Although it may be too little, too late, Dunham claimed that the woman had made her a better person.
“To Aurora: You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year. I love you. I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong. In that way, you have made me a better woman and a better feminist,” Dunham stated.
Dunham’s latest statement was extremely ironic after previously claiming that people should “listen” to women.
“I’m sorry,” Dunham wrote. “Moving forward from trauma is never easy, but there are brave women doing it for us. All we have to do is listen.”