- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lena Dunham addressed the controversy surrounding events detailed in her memoir, apologizing specifically for a line in which she compared herself to a “sexual predator.”

“I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book ‘Not That Kind of Girl,’” she said in a statement to Time magazine. “I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.”

Last week, Truth Revolt posted an unaltered 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. She was accused by many conservatives of sexually abusing her little sister, causing her to go into what she called a “rage spiral” on Twitter, vehemently denying the allegations. She later threatened to sue Truth Revolt, issuing a “cease and desist” letter demanding the website issue a retraction and give a public apology for interpreting her story as abuse.

“Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors,” Ms. Dunham said. “If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term ‘sexual predator’ was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well. As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.”

Ms. Dunham was referring to a line in her book in which she said she used to offer her then-toddler sister “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds … basically anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.”



Ms. Dunham has postponed two book signings in Europe until early December, citing illness incurred from her weeks-long tour.

In a statement issued Tuesday through her publisher Random House, Dunham said stops in Belgium and Germany originally planned for this week will instead take place Dec. 3-9, The Associated Press reported.

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