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Lena Dunham Brings Aurora’s Mom Onstage to Apologize at Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Event

Brittany Perrineau spoke during Dunham’s allotted speech time and attended the exclusive gala as Dunham’s guest.

Lena Dunham is “under no illusions” about why she is asked to do things, she said Wednesday morning, joking that often “there is the hope I’ll say something fucking insane that inspires web traffic or show my breasts,” at The Hollywood Reporter‘s star-studded Women in Entertainment event at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. 

This year’s guest editor of THRs Women in Entertainment issue instead used her time at the podium to apologize to Aurora Perrineau and her mother, Brittany, bringing the actress’ mother as her guest to the VIP gala.

In her editor’s letter for the issue, Dunham apologized to Aurora Perrineau, acknowledging that she made a “terrible mistake” last November in defending Girls writer Murray Miller, whom she “had loved as a brother,” after he had been accused of sexually assaulting the actress. “I did something inexcusable,” Dunham wrote.

She expressed her gratitude for Perrineau’s mother, Brittany, in the letter as well, sharing that “getting to know her has been the unexpected gift that came from being humbled and reassessing so much over the past year: about women and power.”

In her speech at Wednesday’s event, Dunham reflected that her job as guest editor was to “gather strong women around me who have inspired me to do better, and it was to do better myself.” Brittany Perrineau was one of those strong women, Dunham added. 

“I am standing here with my dear friend Brittany Perrineau. I admire Brittany. I love her. I laugh with her,” Dunham said. “Brittany taught me that at 32 years old, it’s time to embrace the real shit and put my big girl pants on.”

Dunham also said that denying Aurora’s experience publicly was her “greatest regret. But with Brittany and Aurora’s

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