Lena Dunham's Apology
Lena Dunham is apologizing over using the pseudonym ‘Barry,’ in her sexual assault allegations, which caused an innocent man named Barry to defend his name. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
Lena Dunham is apologizing after a college classmate of hers was wrongly identified as her rapist.
The creator of HBO's Girls made the rape accusations in her bestselling book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned.
In the book, Dunham describes being raped by a fellow student while attending prestigious Oberlin College in Ohio in 2005.
Dunham said in her book, "I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican. It didn't feel like a choice at all."
In the book Dunham describes her attacker as a "Conservative Republican," who worked at the campus library. His name was Barry.
One huge problem - Barry's description matches the identity of a former Oberlin student who is also named Barry, and he says he never knew Lena Dunham, and certainly never sexually assaulted her.
Journalist John Nolte of Breitbart News broke the story that first raised questions about Dunham's version of what happened.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked Nolte, "Lena says Barry was just a pseudonym. What do you say to that?"
"Unfortunately, the details she put in her book lead a number of reporters to this man. He had to hide his Facebook page. The suspicion that was hurled on him was very real and I'm assuming very traumatic," replied Nolte.
Watch Nolte's Interview with INSIDE EDITION
Now, Dunham is apologizing to Barry.
Dunham wrote, "To be very clear, "Barry" is a pseudonym, not the name of the man who assaulted me, and any resemblance to a person with this name is an unfortunate and surreal coincidence. I am sorry about all he has experienced."
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