Lena Dunham angrily responds to allegations of sexual abuse

The actress has cancelled two dates on her book tour. 

Mar 1, 2020, 6:00 pm*

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Audra Schroeder 

Audra Schroeder

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.

Dunham responded on Saturday with a series of tweets.

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

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