Lena Dunham's Rape Claim in Book Questioned, Publisher May Alter Book

| by Michael Allen

Actress Lena Dunham has been publicly questioned over allegations in her book, "Not That Kind of Girl," that she was sexually assaulted by a male classmate at Oberlin College in Ohio.

In the book, Dunham reportedly stated: "[I]n 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."

ABC News reported that during an interview with radio shock jock Howard Stern in October, the "Girls" TV star went into more detail about the alleged assault.

"I was physically hurt, so my mom made an appointment with to go to the doctor, but ... I had told [my mom] that I had gotten drunk and gotten into a rough situation," said Dunham. "I said, 'Oh, I don't really know if we used a condom. I feel like we should go to the doctor.'"

However, the conservative website Breitbart.com recently traveled to Oberlin College to fact-check Dunham's claims and reported: "After a month-long investigation that included more than a dozen interviews, a trip to the Oberlin campus, and hours spent poring through the Oberlin College archives, her description of the campus remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify in Dunham's story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry."

In response to the report, the man described in Dunham's book as "Barry" retained a lawyer, Aaron Minc, who recently contacted Dunham's lawyers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Minc claimed that Dunham's lawyers said that future printings of Dunham's book will include a disclaimer that will say "Barry" is not the real name of the individual who allegedly raped Dunham at Oberlin College.

"It took the threat of litigation to make them take action," Minc told The Hollywood Reporter. "Miss Dunham and [her book's publisher] 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," added Minc. "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."

In response to the controversy, Random House recently told TheWrap, “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.”

“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.”

Sources: ABC News, Breitbart.com, TheWrap / Image Credit: Random House Product Image