Actor Aurora Perrineau on Friday filed a police report accusing Girls writer Murray Miller of sexual assault.
Miller’s attorney, Matthew B. Walerstein, said his client “Categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims.” Walerstein also said Miller was contacted several weeks ago by someone who, on Perrineau’s behalf, “Sought substantial monetary damages” from him. “Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.”
Girls showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at first defended Miller in a statement to BuzzFeed News:
During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller.
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% of assault cases that are misreported every year.
On Saturday evening after being widely criticized for her comments supporting Miller, Dunham tweeted an apology retracting her initial statement.