If you think Lena Dunham is going to back down on this sex abuse controversy, think again. The actress released a new statement on the situation, and it is not your standard Hollywood mea culpa.
Dunham, who came under fire for an anecdote in her new collection of essays that described what some are calling sexual abuse of her sister Grace, issued a statement to Time magazine basically saying the only thing she’s sorry for is possibly triggering real abuse victims.
“I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book Not That Kind of Girl,” she told Time.
“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.”
After letting loose a Twitter “rage spiral” against the allegations first brought by a conservative blog, Dunham has since allegedly threatened the website with a lawsuit and canceled two stops on her book tour.
To my Belgian readers, so very sorry to miss the Antwerp Book Fair today but I can't wait to come back and eat fries with you. Much love.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 2, 2014
Truth Revolt, who originally published the interpretation of Dunham’s book excerpt everyone is talking about, is refusing to back down from their story — even under pressure from Dunham’s legal team.
“We refuse,” wrote editor Ben Shapiro. “We refuse to withdraw our story or apologize for running it, because quoting a woman’s book does not constitute a ‘false’ story, even if she is a prominent actress and left-wing activist.
“Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book — and the First Amendment covers a good deal of material she may not like.”