Lena Dunham Defends Dylan Farrow: "Most Victims Never Speak Up"

Celebrity News Feb. 4, 2014 AT 2:30PM
Lena Dunham at the UK premiere of "Girls: Season 3" on Jan. 14, 2014 Lena Dunham rushed to Dylan Farrow's defense on Monday, Feb. 3: "These are not stories we tell for fun, attention or revenge," the Girls co-creator tweeted. Credit: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

This Hollywood star does not care about starring in a Woody Allen flick anytime soon.

Lena Dunham rushed to Dylan Farrow's defense immediately after the Oscar-winning director's adopted daughter penned a harrowing first-person account, alleging he sexually assaulted her at age 7, and again on Monday, Feb. 3 to address the aftermath.

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"To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous. Please read," the co-creator of HBO's smash hit Girls tweeted Saturday, Feb. 1 along with a link to Farrow's New York Times essay. "Grateful my timeline is full of so much love and respect for Dylan," she later noted.

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Since the letter was published, Allen's camp has addressed the claims as "untrue" and "disgraceful." The director's lawyer Elkan Abramowitz told CNN on Monday that the controversy was "engineered by a vengeful lover," in a dig at Mia Farrow. Abramowitz took his anti-Farrow crusade to the Today show Tuesday morning and called Farrow's 28-year-old daughter "a pawn in a huge fight between [Allen] and Mia Farrow years ago."

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Dunham, 27, who was once the subject of an article titled, "Is Lena Dunham the Woody Allen of Her Generation?" returned to Farrow's defense Monday evening: "In wake of Dylan's letter I've noticed a lot of guys obsessed with the idea of being falsely accused," tweeted the Emmy-winning actress. "As if you would just be walking down the street one day, get accused of assault or sexual misconduct, and suddenly life would derail ... Though there have, of course, been plenty of terrible and unjust cases in the past, remember …" the feminist star continued.

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"Most victims NEVER speak up. Most never feel they can," Dunham shared with her 1.3 million plus followers. "These are not stories we tell for fun, attention or revenge."

Some of Dunham's Hollywood peers have addressed the controversy, including Allen's Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, who were both named in Farrow's letter. "What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?" she demanded.

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Best Actress Oscar nominee Blanchett commented Sunday to the Guardian UK: "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family. I hope they find some resolution and peace." Her costar Baldwin, meanwhile, took a more direct approach and lashed out against one fan who said the 30 Rock alum should apologize to Farrow: "What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?" he reacted. Baldwin later deleted his tweet.

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