Lena Dunham and Girls' showrunner Jenni Konner came under fire in November when they defended one of the show's writers, Murray Miller, after actress Aurora Perrineau accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was 17.
In a since deleted tweet, Dunham and Konner said that the charges against Miller were one of the "three percent of assault cases that are misreported every year." After widespread condemnation of their statement, the duo released an apology the next day. "We regret this decision with every fiber of our being," they wrote on Dunham's Twitter account.
Dunham's mentor and Girls' producer, Judd Apatow, has now inserted himself into the narrative.
"Lena is the greatest person I have ever met," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "She fights so hard for so many important causes. She really sticks her neck out. She cares about people. She started this amazing Lenny newsletter, which has created a platform for all sorts of different women to speak and be heard."
He continued: "We're all kind of trying to figure out how to navigate this best. It affects all of our lives and touches all of our lives in all different ways. She apologized for speaking too quickly, but I think many of us are in that situation. And I think overall she is one of the great people in our business fighting for very important causes. And I appreciate that."
In November, Perrineau filed a police report alleging that after a night of drinking she woke up in Miller'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," the report read. Miller's lawyers initially claimed that Perrineau had demanded money from the writer, but now his lawyers are apologising, saying that claim was incorrect - and that she'd never requested damages.
Perrineau's father, Lost actor Harold Perrineau, issued a statement on Twitter calling his daughter a "warrior."
"A real life crime fighter who is unafraid to look boldly at some coward who hoped to abuse her and say, no," he wrote.
The LAPD is currently conducting an investigation in the alleged assault.
SOURCE: Cosmopolitan US