8:30am PT by Marc Malkin
Judd Apatow Defends Lena Dunham's Response to 'Girls' Writer Harassment Accusations
Judd Apatow was an early champion of Lena Dunham, helping her and Jenni Konner develop Girls for HBO. And now he's standing by Dunham and Konner again.
The women recently stepped into propeller blades by defending Girls writer Murray Miller after he was accused by actress Aurora Perrineau of sexual assault, claiming that the charges were among the "three percent of assault cases that are misreported every year," only to apologize for the statement a day later ("We regret this decision with every fiber of our being").
“Lena is the greatest person I have ever met. She fights so hard for so many important causes. She really sticks her neck out. She cares about people. She started this amazing Lenny newsletter, which has created a platform for all sorts of different women to speak and be heard," Apatow told THR on Dec. 3 at ACLU of Southern California's annual Bill of Rights dinner. "We’re all kind of trying to figure out how to navigate this best. It affects all of our lives and touches all of our lives in all different ways. She apologized for speaking too quickly, but I think many of us are in that situation. And I think overall she is one of the great people in our business fighting for very important causes. And I appreciate that.”
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.