Actress Lena Dunham has fired back at critics who have accused her of molesting her younger sister as a child, based on an excerpt from her new autobiography.
The Girls creator/star details a moment when she was seven years old and wondering if her then one-year-old sister, Grace, had the same genitals as she did, in the memoir Not That Kind of Girl.
Dunham writes, "Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn't resist and when I saw what was inside I shrieked.
"My mother came running. 'Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!'
"My mother didn't bother asking why I had opened Grace's vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success."
However, critics have pinpointed this passage, with one conservative political blogger accusing Dunham of molesting her sibling, in an article posted on Truth Revolt, titled "Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister".
Dunham has since hit back at the allegations, taking to Twitter.com on Saturday (01Nov14) to slam the critics, and wrote, "The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn't just LOL (laugh out loud) - it's really f**king upsetting and disgusting. And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid's vagina, well, congrats to you."
She continues, "Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don't demean sufferers, don't twist my words, back the f**k up bros (brothers). I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I'd rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral. Sometimes I get so mad I burn right up. Also I wish my sister wasn't laughing so hard."