Lena Dunham probably wishes she never wrote her highly criticized new book, Not That Kind of Girl. She originally made headlines for admitting in the book that she sexually molested her sister, Grace, who is six years younger. Saying that she “use[d] her little sister at times essentially as a sexual outlet,” Dunham reveled that she “experiment[ed] sexually with her younger sister Grace,” touching her vagina and masturbating in bed next to her.
Now, Dunham has a legal battle on her hands over more outlandish statements she made in Not That Kind of Girl. She claimed that after a night of partying in college, at which time she was high on Xanax and cocaine, she was raped by a fellow Oberlin student named Barry, who she referred to as the “campus’ resident conservative.”
Upon further investigation into Dunham’s accusation of sexual assault, it appears that the Republican she targeted never even knew her at the time. She also claimed that Barry hosted a college radio show called Real Talk With Dumbo. We now know that this supposed radio show never existed, obliterating any shred of credibility Dunham had left.
Dunham is not the only person in this mess with a shattered reputation, though. Barry has been forced to take down his social media accounts and hire legal council now that the world sees him as a rapist. Unlike Dunham, who received a $3.5 million advance to write her book, Barry’s financial assets are limited. He has turned to crowdsourcing to obtain the money needed to fight Dunham in court. Any money he receives in excess of the amount he has accrued in legal fees, he says he will donate to charities supporting survivors of sexual assault.
Maybe Dunham had a crush on Barry back in the day and is now seeking revenge on him for never noticing her. Maybe she just hates conservatives with such a vengeance that she is willing to purger herself in order to take them down. Maybe she simply fabricated the rape story to garner attention and targeted an acquaintance from her past for his political convictions. We may never know, as the actress has remained tight-lipped on the situation. Her publisher, on the other hand, released this statement on Monday:
As indicated on the copyright page of Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, some names and identifying details in the book have been changed. The name ‘Barry’ referenced in the book is a pseudonym. Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion that has led attorney Aaron Minc to post on GoFundMe on behalf of his client, whose first name is Barry.
We are offering to pay the fees Mr. Minc has billed his client to date. Our offer will allow Mr. Minc and his client to donate all of the crowd-funding raised to not-for-profit organizations assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault.
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This leads us to another pesky detail that doesn’t add up for Dunham or Random House. After the release of Not That Kind of Girl, Breitbart’s John Nolte actually visited the college campus where Dunham’s rape allegedly took place. Quite easily, he was able to locate the former Oberlin student named Barry who was about Dunham’s age, attended the school during the same time, and had the reputation of being a conservative. As Barry is not a common name, there was no mistaking that this was the man she had targeted, for whatever reason.
Furthermore, in one chapter from Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham specifically states that a name from her past had been altered for the protection of the individual. She did not give Barry the same courtesy. Now that Random House is leaning on their little-read copyright page to get them out of a legal mess, it is becoming painfully clear that Dunham meant explicitly to target her former classmate with a salacious tale that would surely slander his reputation irreparably.
After tens of thousands of copies of Not That Kind of Girl have been sold, Barry’s life has been turned upside down. What’s worse, the liberal mainstream media has offered untold amounts of publicity to Dunham’s memoir, the New York Times calling the actress a “cultural phenomenon,” and mentioning her in a whopping 400 articles, all of which were positive.
A peek into Dunham’s past sheds light on her vitriol hatred for conservatives. She once likened then to Nazis, saying she wouldn’t date either one. Not such a stretch to accuse one of raping you, when you foster such ill-founded hatred.
As noted by Mediaite, Barry’s legal fees may be paid, but the damage has been done. Share this article if you wish to see Lena Dunham get her day in court.