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18 Nov, 2017
Girls writer Murray Miller has been accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau, who filed a report on the alleged incident, Sgt. Salvador Rios of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
While the actress filed the report at the West Hollywood station, Los Angeles police will handle the investigation, Rios said.
Perrineau has appeared in Passengers, the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt starrer.
Miller has also worked on King of the Hill and American Dad! No additional information was released. The writer, through his attorneys, denied the allegation.
“Mr. Miller categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” attorney Don Walerstein said in a statement. “After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who — on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf — sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”
The statement added: “Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police. Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.”
Girls co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner sent a statement to THR late Friday, defending Miller:
“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”
Girls star Allison Williams told THR Thursday night at a celebration for Get Out, “We’ve (Get Out cast) been out all day. I don’t know enough to be able to say anything. I haven’t looked at my phone.”
A rep for Perrineau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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