Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ to Be Amended Due to Rape Story Controversy
Girls creator Lena Dunham is reportedly prepping to make an amendment to her controversial memoir after the identity of an alleged rapist was revealed.
In Dunham’s autobiography, Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham recalls an incident during her time at Oberlin College in Ohio when a man called ‘Barry’ allegedly sexually assaulted her.
In the book, she writes:
“In another essay in this book I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican as the upsetting but educational choice of a girl who was new to sex when, in fact, it didn’t feel like a choice at all.”
Dunham’s description of ‘Barry’ was detailed enough that former students at the small liberal arts school were allegedly able to identify the man Dunham was referring to, and his attorney Aaron Minc tells The Hollywood Reporter that his client has had to defend himself against the claims.
The story hit headlines after a reporter at website Breitbart.com investigated Dunham’s rape claim, noting that a Google search would lead a reader to the real identity of ‘Barry’, and the actress made no note that it was a pseudonym, which she had done in other sections of the book.
A spokesperson for Dunham’s publisher Random House addressed the Breitbart report, defending Dunham and insisting that ‘Barry’ is not the real man’s name, but they also offered to pay the man’s legal fees to bring the controversy to a halt.
Minc has now told The Hollywood Reporter that the publishers have also agreed to edit the relevant section of the book, saying, “Miss Dunham and Random House are starting to come around to some of our demands. I don’t know if that will be good enough for my client. Ideally, we were looking for something from Miss Dunham.
“We were also looking for an edit to be made to the book, and it’s my understanding that they are going to comply with that – to note that the name ‘Barry’ is a pseudonym. They have given me an indication that that is happening imminently.”
Dunham has yet to comment on the issue.