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Lena Dunham's Book to Be Altered Over Controversial Rape Claim

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 11:01 PM

The publisher of actress Lena Dunham's memoir will alter a passage that says she was raped in college by a Republican named "Barry."

The 28-year-old Dunham was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio and references an alleged rape in her book. But the claim has come under fire by many. Now Random House says it will change the passage, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dunham used the name Barry as a supposed pseudonym, although the book does not specify that. And someone who fits Dunham's description of him — including having the name Barry — attended the school at the same time. That man has since gotten a lawyer as he fights to clear his name.

Aaron Minc, the attorney for the man, said future printings of the book, called "Not That Kind of Girl," will have a disclaimer saying Barry is not the accused rapist's real name.

Further, Random House will pay the man's legal fees.

"I don't know if that will be good enough for my client. Ideally, we were looking for something from Miss Dunham," Minc told the Hollywood Reporter. "We were also looking for an edit to be made to the book, and it's my understanding that they are going to comply with that — to note that the name 'Barry' is a pseudonym. They have given me an indication that that is happening imminently."

One passage of the book reads: "I'm an unreliable narrator…. [I]n another essay in this book I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican as the upsetting but educational choice of a girl who was new to sex when, in fact, it didn’t feel like a choice at all."

Dunham stars in the HBO series "Girls," of which she is the creator and a writer.

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