'Girls' writer at center of Lena Dunham backlash changes story about sexual assault accuser

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The "Girls" writer who was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau is retracting his claim that Perrineau demanded money from him.

Lawyers for Murray Miller released a statement saying Perrineau never made requests for damages from the "Girls" writer, despite Miller's earlier claims that she had.

"In a previous statement to the media, we stated that Ms. Perrineau sought substantial monetary damages from our client Murray Miller. Neither Ms. Perrineau nor her attorney have ever made a demand for money. Our previous above statement was incorrect and the result of a good-faith misunderstanding," Miller's lawyers told Variety.

"Girls" star and creator Lena Dunham came under fire in late November for defending Miller after Perrineau accused Miller of sexually assaulted her after a night out in Los Angeles in 2012.


Dunham later apologized for defending Miller saying that she'd "naively believed" sharing her opinion of the situation from her vantage point "was important." But she now understood "that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward" and said "I am so sorry."

Judd Apatow later defended Dunham's response amid the backlash she faced.

"Len is the greatest person I have ever met. She fights so hard for so many important causes. She really sticks her neck out. She cares about people," Apatow told the Hollywood Reporter.

Miller denied the allegations against him last month. He initially released a statement through his lawyers saying, "After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who—on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf—sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims. Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police."