The Midsommar May Queen (shangri__la) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
The Midsommar May Queen

Aurora Perrineau talks about Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner and forgiveness

Aurora Perrineau did a wonderful interview with Glamour magazine about the last couple of years, including accusing Girls writer and executive producer Murray Miller of sexual assault in 2012 when she was 17, and her newest project about the Central Park Five called When They See Us. The entire interview is worth a read.

Recap of that mess: one, two, three, four, five

  • Aurora had never planned on going public with her assault or being a part of the #metoo movement, but Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner open letter calling her a liar forced her into the public eye. She had already planned to talk to police and took a lie detector test before the Weinstein news broke.

  • She told her parents of her assault in mid-2017 after months of emotional decline and self-harm. She was placed in therapy and the assault was reported to police.

  • Although the DA declined to press charges due to inconsistencies and delay in reporting the crime, Aurora is glad she came forward. She thought it was over until the Wrap wrote an article about the assault and Dunham and Konner released their statement defending their friend of half a decade.

  • Although she was in shock over the statement because she thought woman to woman they would have had her back, she listened to her father Harold Perrineau: “We just need to take a second, be silent, let the facts speak for themselves...They’re going to be on the wrong side of history.”

  • While Aurora did not publicly respond to their statement, she was touched by how black women jumped to defend her and within 24 hours, Dunham had recanted her part of the statement. Dunham later privately and publicly apologized to Aurora, which she accepted. Konner has yet to apologize and wouldn't respond to a request for comment from Glamour.

  • Aurora wants to refocus the attention on her career and the bigger picture, saying “It’s been continuously about Jenni and Lena, and they weren’t the perpetrators. There is still a bigger problem than them.”

Tags: #metoo, actor / actress, black celebrities, girls (hbo), interview, lena dunham, sexual misconduct

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