Lena Dunham apologizes, says she had no 'insider information' about 'Girls' writer accused of sexual assault

"Girls" star and creator Lena Dunham on Wednesday doubled down in apologizing for her past defense of a show writer, who has been accused of sexual assault.

In a column published in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Dunham wrote that her public defense of writer Murray Miller was "inexcusable" and asked for forgiveness regarding a statement she released last year in which she called Miller the "wrong target."


"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 Wednesday.

"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," she added.

Dunham had released a statement in November 2017, writing that she and others on the show were confident that Miller's accuser, actress Aurora Perrineau, had "misreported" her assault.

"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," she wrote in 2017.

Dunham retracted the 2017 statement, later writing in a tweet that she "naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend‘s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months."

On Wednesday, Dunham doubled down on her apology from last year, addressing Perrineau directly.

"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," she added.

"You've been a model of stoicism, all the while reminding other women that their assault experiences are theirs to process as they wish (with noise, with silence, with rage — it's all OK)," Dunham wrote.