- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2014

HBO’s Lena Dunham has issued a “cease and desist” letter to the conservative media watchdog group Truth Revolt, after the website posted an excerpt from the actress’ memoir and accused her of sexually abusing her younger sister when she was a child.

Last week, Truth Revolt posted an excerpt online from “Not That Kind of Girl,” in which Ms. Dunham describes sexually experimenting with her little sister, explaining in awkward detail how at the age of 7 she curiously peered into her 1-year-old sister’s vagina to find it stuffed with several tiny pebbles.

“In the collection of nonfiction personal accounts, Dunham describes using her little sister at times essentially as a sexual outlet, bribing her to kiss her for prolonged periods and even masturbating while she is in the bed beside her,” Truth Revolt reported.

Now, Ms. Dunham is demanding the website remove the article, titled “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister,” for making “false and defamatory” statements.” She is demanding they issue a retraction and give a public apology, or face legal action seeking “millions of dollars; punitive damages which can be a multiple of up to ten times actual damages; and injunctive relief,” Truth Revolt said.

“We refuse,” the group responded in an article published Monday. “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.”

“If Ms. Dunham says that our quotations from her book were ‘false,’ or that our interpretation of those events was libelous under the law, then we look forward to asking her, in her deposition, about why they appeared in her book,” they continued. “We also look forward to asking her why she believes it is now appropriate for a 28-year-old woman to make light of opening her baby sister’s vagina, paying her with candies for prolonged kisses on the lips in the manner of a ‘sexual predator,’ or masturbating in bed next to her prepubescent sister.”

Ms. Dunham responded to Truth Revolt’s first article on Saturday by going into what she called a Twitter “rage spiral” to plead her case.

“The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL- it’s really [expletive] upsetting and disgusting,” she tweeted. “And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.”

“No, congrats to you, Ms. Dunham,” Truth Revolt wrote Monday. “[Y]ou’ve managed to lead a life so free of criticism that you find it ‘upsetting and disgusting’ when some folks are offended that you ‘carefully spread open’ your baby sister’s vagina, or paid her to kiss you on the mouth in the manner of a ‘sexual predator,’ or masturbated in bed next to her as a teenager. In the real world, folks find such behavior upsetting and disgusting, not reporting on such behavior.”

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