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    'Unthinkably Dumb': Dunham's Apology for Defending Alleged Rapist Angers Twitter

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    American actress Lena Dunham has apologized for her comments to support Murray Miller, writer of the US comedy-drama series Girls, who is accused of sexual assault.

    Commenting on sexual assault charges against the Girls writer which were made public late last week, actress Lena Dunham said in her Twitter account that "…sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year …" and that "we stand by Murray and this is all we'll be saying about this issue."

    After being widely criticized for the remarks, Dunham was quick to extend her apologies on Twitter and said that "I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry."

    Miller is accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau in 2012 when she was 17. He "categorically" denies the allegations, according to The Guardian.

    The newspaper quoted Miller lawyer Matthew Walerstein as saying that "Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter."

    Twitter users have, for their part, reacted vehemently to Dunham's apologies, with some of them specifically pointing to the actress's social status.

    Other users issued sarcastic remarks about Dunham, questioning her IQ.

    Canadian actress Amanda Crew decided to share her own experience as far as sexual assault is concerned.

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