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Debunked allegations of Lena Dunham sexually assaulting her sister when she was 7 restarted by right wing website

Despite Lena and her sister coming forward and dismissing these claims, it seems like people have not forgotten it
UPDATED MAY 18, 2020
Lena Dunham (Getty Images)
Lena Dunham (Getty Images)

Lena Dunham had been away from the spotlight for a long time and it seems like she is back in the picture thanks to some of the fans. The actress recently started trending on Twitter but not for the right reasons. Social media users were quick to comment on the sexual assault allegations raised by some people after they read her memoir, 'Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned', thought she had sexually abused her younger sister. 

These accusations came after a website called Truth Revolt, with a mission to “unmask leftists in the media for who they are” claimed that her writings described the time when she used her younger sister as a sexual outlet. 

These accusations were stemmed from the passage that detailed Dunham opening her sister's vagina only to find she had put pebbles in it. "One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn't resist and when I saw what was inside, I shrieked," she wrote in her memoir, as reported by The Vox. 

"It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success," she continued. The memoir also had few mentions of how Dunham tried to bribe her younger sister with the hopes she would be able to get a kiss on her lips. 

These passages were later criticized by other magazines as well. However, Dunham stood against it and even spoke about it on her Twitter. “The right-wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL – it’s fucking 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,” she wrote.

She continued, “Usually this is 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 seven-year-old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear … Sometimes I get so mad I burn right up.”

Despite her sister also coming forward and dismissing these claims, it seems like people have not forgotten it. Many took to Twitter and expressed their thoughts about canceling Dunham. "Lena Dunham is trending because apparently, people forgot that she has a book where she talks about molesting her younger sister by placing rocks inside of her vagina, admits to masturbating next to her in bed, and bribing her with candy to kiss her, even going so far as to compare herself to a sexual predator in the book. and then she defended herself by saying that those are normal childhood behaviors???" read one comment. 

Another wrote, "Can't imagine all the very sick shit that got edited out, which her editor deemed was gross." A third commented, "This is one of the sickest...How is she not in prison or inside a mental institute? Is there a psychological diagnosis of this type of behavior? Lord almighty." While Dunham might have moved on with what had happened, it looks like even after all these years, people are not ready to forget it.