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Lena Dunham Sorry: Bad Press Not Same as Domestic Violence

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Actress Lena Dunham at the Elle Magazine annual Women in Television dinner in Los Angeles back in January. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 01 Oct 2015 07:00 AM

Lena Dunham apologized this week after she compared her bad press to domestic violence during an interview.

"In a recent interview I compared reading certain websites that have repeatedly insulted me to returning to a physically abusive husband again and again," she wrote in a Wednesday Instagram post.

"I wasn't making a joke about domestic violence — I was over emphatic in my attempt to capture how damaging the Internet can be (not just to celebrities.)"

Dunham, 29, made the comments for which she apologized during an interview with Re/code that was published on Tuesday.

"I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, 'I can't wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me.' And it's like, it's literally, if I read it, it's like going back to a husband who beat me in the face – it just doesn't make any sense," she said.

According to People magazine, Dunham has had a rocky relationship with gossip site Gawker as well as feminist website Jezebel, the latter of which published the un-retouched photos from her Vogue shoot (after offering a bounty of $10,000 to get them).

During her chat with Re/code, Dunham also revealed that she does not use Twitter directly, as she feels reading verbal abuse directed at her on the social network is not good for her mental health.

"I don’t look at Twitter anymore. I have a really great person [who tweets]. I tweet, but I do it through someone else," Dunham said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "I don’t even know my Twitter password. Which may make me seem like I’m no longer a community user, and that would be true."

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