"I didn’t have the ‘insider information’ I claimed."
Lena Dunham on Wednesday apologized to an actress whose rape allegations she tried to discredit last year, but she suggested that in her action she had been influenced by social forces beyond her control.
Dunham, the 32-year-old creator of HBO's "Girls," published an open letter in The Hollywood Reporter in which she admitted to misrepresenting her knowledge of the claims to protect her friend
“There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life," she said. "I didn’t have the ‘insider information’ I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all."
Later in the essay, though, Dunham pointed an accusatory finger at the so-called patriarchy, saying: "It's painful to realize that, while I thought I was self-aware, I had actually internalized the dominant male agenda that asks us to defend it no matter what, protect it no matter what, baby it no matter what."
Actress Aurora Perrineau, who appeared alongside Jennifer Lawrence in "Passengers," came forward last year to allege that in 2012, when she was 17 years old, Miller took her and some friends to his Los Angeles home, and she later woke up with him "
She added: "At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray."
At the time, Dunham and her co-show runner Jenni Konner released a statement defending Miller and attempting to undermine
"While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story, our insider knowledge of Murray's situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 per cent of assault cases that are misreported each year," they said.
Days later, amid outcry that Dunham and Konner had betrayed the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault
Still, Dunham's defense of Murray helped diminish her one-time status as a liberal darling
"And so I made a terrible mistake," she said.
But Dunham also dwelled on her own "trauma" at some length, saying, "
Near the end of the essay, Dunham declared her love for
"I love you. I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong," she said, "In that way, you have made me a better woman and a better feminist."
Cover image: Lena Dunham. (YouTube)