- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Random House declared Monday that “Barry One,” who set up a legal fund and was reportedly making plans to sue Lena Dunham, is not the same Barry the actress claimed raped her when she was 19 at Oberlin College.

Breitbart News reported last week that a man identified only as Barry One had been in frequent contact with Ms. Dunham’s representatives in recent months and has recently set up a legal fund to cover legal expenses to clear his name.

In her memoir “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,’” Ms. Dunham, 27, describes an unwanted sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican named Barry, in which she says she was drunk, high on Xanax and cocaine, and in no condition to consent to sex.

Breitbart News said they found no such Barry at Oberlin College who exactly matched Ms. Dunham’s description. “Under scrutiny, Dunham’s rape story didn’t just fall apart; it evaporated into pixie dust and blew away,” the report said.

Breitbart News did find Barry One, who loosely fit Ms. Dunham’s description and attended the school at the same time she did. Random House issued a statement Monday exonerating Barry One, explaining for the first time that “Barry” is a pseudonym.

“As indicated on the copyright page of ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Lena Dunham, some names and identifying details in the book have been changed,” the publisher said in a statement, obtained by The Wrap. “The name ‘Barry’ referenced in the book is a pseudonym. Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion that has led attorney Aaron Minc to post on GoFundMe on behalf of his client, whose first name is Barry.”

“We are offering to pay the fees Mr. Minc has billed his client to date,” the statement continued. “Our offer will allow Mr. Minc and his client to donate all of the crowd-funding raised to not-for-profit organizations assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault.”

At the time of this report, Barry One had raised $24,350, with an overall goal of $100,000.

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