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Who Lena Dunham and why is she trending?

Lena Dunham is a US actor, author, producer and director, probably most famous for creating the hit HBO TV drama, Girls.

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Lena Dunham is a multi-talented, award-winning producer of content, having written a book, numerous essays, a smash hit TV show and an online feminist newsletter. She is also considered by some as a feminist icon. She has also appeared in over 15 films.

Why is Lena Dunham trending on Twitter?

Amidst the current sexual harassment scandal rocking Hollywood, Lena released a statement defending a friend who has been accused of rape.

In a statement released by The Hollywood Reporter the Girls star along with her showrunner, Jenni Konner defended writer Murray Miller, saying that having worked closely with him and their “insider knowledge of him”, that the alleged assault must be “one of the 3 percent of assaults that are misreported evert year”.

It must be noted here that Miller himself as also denied the allegations.

What is Lena Dunham famous for?

Lena Dunham has a huge online following and is outspoken on many subjects, but probably, most notably on feminism.

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However, many find that she is a divisive character and has been at the centre of a number of controversies, including a racial controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in her show, Girls.

In her book, Not That Kind Of Girl, she wrote about being sexually assaulted but was criticised for the accuracy of her account, when she used identifiable descriptors for her alleged attacker. A former student, sought legal advice so that people did not associate the account with him.

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The book’s publisher reprinted the book with a clarification and a tweak.

She also wrote about interactions, of a sexual nature, when Dunham was seven, with her younger sister, who was one at the time, which also caused considerable controversy. She apologised and said she was “dismayed” by the interpretation of her behaviour as abuse.

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