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Lena Dunham Angrily Responds to Accusations That She Sexually Abused Her Little Sister

| by Lisa Fogarty

Lena Dunham released a furious tirade of Twitter rants in response to accusations that she molested her younger sister when they were children.

In her new memoir "Not That Kind of Girl," Dunham describes how she experimented sexually with her little sister, Grace. Kevin D. Williamson, who is a conservative columnist for the right-wing magazine "National Review," wrote that the "Girls" creator sexually abused Grace and that their parents were also child abusers for letting it happen, reports Buzzfeed.com.

Williamson writes:

Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds … anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina – “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation.

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Williamson’s quotes do appear in Dunham’s book, along with other explanations for her behavior, which include: “What I really wanted, beyond affection, was to feel that she needed me, that she was helpless without her big sister leading her through the world.”

But some of the quotes also appear to be taken out of context, according to USA Today. The comment about looking at her sister’s vagina, for instance, reportedly took place after she says Grace put pebbles inside of herself as they were playing outside and that Dunham “shrieked” when she made the discovery.

Other commentators, including Ben Shapiro, who writes for "Truth Revolt," jumped on board the anti-Dunham train, writing a piece entitled “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Sister.” In a matter of hours, Twitter lit up with comments from both members of the media and regular folk weighing in about whether what she says she did constitutes as molestation.

And then Dunham herself responded on Twitter with what she described as a “rage spiral:”

“The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL – it’s really f**king upsetting and disgusting.”

“And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.”

“Usually this stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the fuck up bros.”

“I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral.”

Sources: Buzzfeed.com, Twitter, USA Today

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