Lena Dunham Threatens To Sue Truth Revolt Over Claims She “Molested” Sister, Right-Wing Site Refuses To Back Down
Lena Dunham is threatening to sue TruthRevolt, the right-wing website that recently ran a story with the headline, “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister.” As Gossip Cop reported, the article quoted from Dunham’s book, Not That Kind Of Girl, and alleged Dunham had essentially admitted to molesting her sibling, Grace.
The excerpt in question featured Dunham recalling being 7 years old and curious about female anatomy. She described looking at her then-1-year-old sister’s genitalia, and freaking out when she discovered the tot had shoved some pebbles up her vagina. TruthRevolt further reported on other sections of Dunham’s book, in which she admitted to doing “anything a sexual predator might do” to get “affection” from Grace, and touching herself while sharing a bed with her sister.
Dunham took issue with TruthRevolt’s characterization, and hit back on Twitter on Saturday, writing, “The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL – it’s really f*cking upsetting and disgusting.” She went on, “And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.”
Dunham continued, “Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the f*ck up bros.” And she further wrote, “I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral. Sometimes I get so mad I burn right up. Also I wish my sister wasn’t laughing so hard.”
But TruthRevolt now says that the “Girls” creator didn’t just fire back through tweets. She also had her lawyers send the outlet a cease-and-desist letter on Saturday, demanding the story be removed and an apology be published. According to the site, Dunham’s attorneys ordered the TruthRevolt statement to read, “We recently published a story stating that Ms. Dunham engaged in sexual conduct with her sister. The story was false, and we deeply regret having printed it. We apologize to Ms. Dunham, her sister, and their parents, for this false story.” Dunham also reportedly said if her request is not met, she will seek legal action to claim “millions of dollars; punitive damages which can be a multiple of up to ten times actual damages; and injunctive relief.”
Dunham’s camp reportedly further said that the conservative website’s claims she “experiment[ed] sexually with her younger sister,” “experimented with her six-year younger sister’s vagina,” and used Grace “as a sexual outlet” are “false and defamatory.” TruthRevolt, however, says it will not back down, despite the legal threats. “We refuse to withdraw our story or apologize for running it, because quoting a woman’s book does not constitute a ‘false’ story, even if she is a prominent actress and left-wing activist. Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book – and the First Amendment covers a good deal of material she may not like,” writes the site.
The outlet, in fact, stands it ground by quoting even more controversial excerpts from Dunham’s book. TruthRevolt says, “If Ms. Dunham says that our quotations from her book were ‘false,’ or that our interpretation of those events was libelous under the law, then we look forward to asking her, in her deposition, about why they appeared in her book. We also look forward to asking her why she believes it is now appropriate for a 28-year-old woman to make light of opening her baby sister’s vagina, paying her with candies for prolonged kisses on the lips in the manner of a ‘sexual predator,’ or masturbating in bed next to her prepubescent sister.”
What do you think of the dispute?