Lena Dunham’s Fury At Sexual Abuse Claims

Lena Dunham hits back via Twitter at claims she "sexually abused" her younger sister.

Lena Dunham hit out angrily via Twitter at the weekend after a right-wing website in the US claimed that she “sexually abused” her younger sister.

The accusation follows the publication of Dunham’s recently published book, Not That Kind Of Girl, directly citing a passage in which she refers to an incident that occurred when she was 7 and her sister Grace was a toddler.

The blog, Truth Revolt, published its claims last Thursday with the accusatory headline ‘Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister’. It goes on to allege the Girls star used her younger sister to sexually experiment with her, persuading Grace to kiss her like “a sexual predator might do.”

The excerpt in question reads:

“Do we all have uteruses?” I asked my mother when I was seven.

“Yes,” she told me. “We’re born with them, and with all our eggs, but they start out very small. And they aren’t ready to make babies until we’re older.” I look at my sister, now a slim, tough one-year-old, and at her tiny belly. I imagined her eggs inside her, like the sack of spider eggs in Charlotte’s Webb, and her uterus, the size of a thimble.

“Does her vagina look like mine?”

“I guess so,” my mother said. “Just smaller.”

One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked.

My mother came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!”

My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.

Dunham was quick to lash out at the accusation in a flurry of furious tweets she described as a ‘rage spiral’. Fighting back to defend her words she tweeted: ‘The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL- it’s really fucking upsetting and disgusting.’

Reading like an aside you’d expect to hear on HBO series Girls, she added: ‘And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.’

The incident is certainly a dramatic development only 24 hours after Lena’s euphoric Friday night in London. Appearing on stage in conversation with Caitlin Moran at the Royal Festival Hall to rapturous applause, Lena spoke about her continuing battle with anxiety concluding: ‘All the things that have really thrown me, have been the things that I have not thought to worry about.’

Only time will tell if the same philosophy applies to this latest accusation.

Reading now

Popular