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Lena Dunham angrily responds to allegations of sexual abuse

The actress has cancelled two dates on her book tour. 


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Nov 3, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 7:06 am CDT

Over the weekend, Lena Dunham fell into a “rage spiral” addressing allegations of sexual abuse. 

In a piece from Oct. 29, National Review columnist Kevin D. Williamson reviewed Dunham’s new memoir, Not That Kind of Girl. He wastes no time ripping the Girls star’s life of “pathetic privilege” apart, and further into the critique, he calls Dunham’s parents child abusers. Then he calls Dunham herself one, in response to a passage in which she recounts experimenting with her younger sister, Grace, as a child:

Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.”

Another conservative site, Truth Revolt, singled out Dunham’s “sexual predator” quote and led with that. The full passage was posted on Twitter as well.

Here’s the Lena Dunham “sexual predator” joke, in case yall thought it was made up.

— Dianna E Anderson (@diannaeanderson) November 1, 2014

Dunham responded on Saturday with a series of tweets.

The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL- it’s really fucking upsetting and disgusting.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the fuck up bros.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

As of yesterday, Dunham cancelled two European dates on her book tour.

Lena Dunham cancelled her book tour? Guess being a sexual predator doesn’t resonate well with the generation she’s supposed to speak for.

— Yung Mullah Baby (@Tazabelle_) November 3, 2014

The hashtag #DropDunham is also circulating on Twitter, urging Planned Parenthood to drop her as a partner

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*First Published: Nov 3, 2014, 12:34 pm CST