Lena Dunham appeared on stage with Aurora Perrineau’s mother, Brittany, at the Hollywood Reporters Power 100 Women In Entertainment event. It comes after Dunham admitted to publicly denying an allegation that Perrineau’s daughter made.
Lena Dunham publicly apologised to actress Aurora Perrineau for a second time yesterday (December 6) for controversially speaking in defence of Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused of sexual assault by Perrineau last year.
Dunham was on the end of a backlash in November 2017 after she and Girls show-runner Jenni Konner initially defended Miller following the publication of Perrineau’s allegations. Miller “categorically and vehemently” denied Perrineau’s allegations, describing the claims as “outrageous” in a statement issued at the time by his attorney. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced back in August that they would not be prosecuting Miller following an investigation.
The actress and Girls creator subsequently offered an apology on Twitter for defending Miller, expressing “regret” on behalf of herself and Konner for having initially supported their colleague.
Now, Dunham has appeared on stage with Aurora’s mother, describing her “regret” at her behaviour. She also described this as her “greatest moment of evolutions and education.”
She added: “Last November when Brittany’s daughter Aurora accused a friend of mine of sexual assault, I denied her experience publicly. That will always be my greatest regret.
“…I am standing here with my dear friend Brittany Perrineau. I admire Brittany. I love her. I laugh with her…Brittany taught me that at 32 years old, it’s time to embrace the real shit and put my big girl pants on.”
In addition to speaking at the event, Dunham also penned a ‘guest editor’ letter published by The Hollywood Reporter in which she reflected on why she had defended Miller and apologised once again to Perrineau for her decision.
She wrote: “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 defence. 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. 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 cost to someone else, someone very special.”
She said Perrineau had “been on my mind and in my heart every day this year”, adding: “I love you. I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong.”