Last week, actress Aurora Perrineau, who has appeared in such movies as Passengers, Jem and the Holograms, and the upcoming Blumhouse horror Truth or Dare, went to the police to accuse Girls writer Murray Miller of rape. The actress, who is now 23, accused Miller of forcibly penetrating her when she was 17. She made a statement for a polygraph test she passed in September, which was acquired by The Wrap.
In the statement, Perrineau says she met Miller at the Standard Hotel.
She was out with two friends, and had been drinking. “He was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old,” Perrineau said. Miller was 35 at the time.
Miller asked one of Perrineau’s friends for a ride home because he was drunk, and the group agreed to take him home.
Once they arrived, everyone went to Miller's home. Perrineau says she did not want to go in, but felt pressured because everyone else was. Then things took a turn for the worse.
“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” Perrineau said.
Miller denied the claims via his attorney.
Matthew Walerstein, Miller’s attorney, said that he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims” and further noted that his legal team had “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”
Again, Perrineau had passed a polygraph…
That didn't deter Lena Dunham, who quickly defended Miller online.
In a joint statement with her co-showrunner, Jenni Konner, Dunham implied that Perrineau was a liar:
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% of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed.
Keep in mind, this was the same Lena Dunham who has called for people to believe women.
In August, Dunham tweeted, “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.”
She was all for women then, but now?