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Tambor may quit Transparent in wake of claims

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In an ambiguous statement that implies, although does not confirm, an imminent departure from the Emmy-winning series, Tambor referenced what he calls a “politicised atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set”.

Transparent co-star Trace Lysette and a former assistant to Tambor have both come forward in recent weeks to accuse the show’s frontman of sexual harassment.

Transgender actress Lysette, who plays yoga instructor Shea, has alleged that Tambor made sexual remarks during filming and at one point thrust himself against her.

Tambor, 73, has repeatedly denied the allegations, which are all under investigation by Amazon Studios.

The Cast Of The Amazon Prime Series Transparent
Image:The cast of the Amazon series Transparent

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in a statement.

“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.

“Given the politicised atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

It is believed Tambor is yet to make a final decision as to whether he will return to the fifth season.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor's Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Image:Tambor’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Transparent has been lauded for its portrayal of a family who discovers that the person they had known as their father is transgender.

The groundbreaking comedy series has scooped eight Emmys and two Golden Globes, including one for Tambor’s acting.

The allegations made against Tambor have put the show’s future in jeopardy.

Should Tambor part ways with Transparent, it would be the latest professional casualty of the anti-sexual harassment movement that is upending Hollywood.

Over the past few weeks, Kevin Spacey was fired from House Of Cards and Louis CK had a Netflix stand-up special show axed.

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Lena Dunham sorry for comment on writer accused of sexual assault

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Image caption Lena Dunham was the star of Girls on HBO

The star of Girls, Lena Dunham, has apologised for supporting a writer on the US TV series who has been accused of sexual assault.

Los Angeles police are investigating the accusation made against Murray Miller by actress Aurora Perrineau.

Ms Dunham initially said she was “confident” the accusation had been “misreported” but later said it was the wrong time to make such a statement.

Mr Miller has categorically denied Ms Perrineau’s claims, his lawyers say.

On Twitter on Saturday evening, Ms Dunham said she had “naively believed it was important to share my perspective”, but now accepted it was “absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement”.

She added: “Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely.”

Ms Perrineau told The Wrap that she had filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, accusing Mr Miller of sexual assault in 2012 when she was 17.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted a department official as confirming that the report had been made and that Los Angeles police would conduct the investigation.

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Image caption Aurora Perrineau, now 23, has been in Passengers, Equals and Jem and the Holograms

Ms Perrineau said that after a night socialising with Mr Miller and other people, she woke to find him on top of her.

“He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” she said in a statement.

Mr Miller’s lawyer, Don Walerstein, said in a statement: “Mr Miller categorically and vehemently denies Ms Perrineau’s outrageous claims. After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who – on Ms Perrineau’s behalf – sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”

However, Ms Perrineau’s mother, Britney, denied Mr Miller had ever been asked for monetary damages, Vanity Fair reported.

After the accusation against Mr Miller was made public, Lena Dunham and another Girls producer, Jenni Konner, told Variety that they “stood by” Mr Miller.

They said: “Our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

The online backlash was swift.

One comment on Ms Dunham’s Instagram said: “I hope you reconsider calling yourself a feminist, what a joke.”

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LENA DUNHAM thinks women should speak up about sexual assault UNLESS it’s some1 she’s close to. Only then are we taking down the wrong targets. OMFG https://t.co/W5ydnoxALI

β€” V. Complex (@ValerieComplex) November 18, 2017

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Others found and quoted a contradictory tweet Ms Dunham posted earlier this year, in which she said women do not lie about rape.

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Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.

β€” πŸ’Ž Lena Dunham πŸ’Ž (@lenadunham) August 4, 2017

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Later on the same day, Ms Dunham published a statement on her Twitter account, apologising and saying: “Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case.”

Some pointed out that it was not the first time she has had to apologise for a statement.

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She can add it to this list of tonedeaf apologies pic.twitter.com/kX2pgkNyAB

β€” Leslie Lefkowitz (@hotmesslie) November 19, 2017

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Image caption Ms Dunham and Ms Konner have worked together on Girls and other projects for six years

The first statement

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner

“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified.

“It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate.

“But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed.

“We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

The second statement, tweeted hours later

Lena Dunham

“As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up.

“Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of sexual assault, but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months.

“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry. We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting out thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber of our being.

“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case.

“Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, ‘I believe you’ is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed.

“We apologize to any women who have been disappointed.”

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Man arrested after 53 phones stolen at gig

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The 22-year-old suspect was detained in an operation based on intelligence suggesting fans had been targeted at some of the band’s previous gigs, said police.

Officers said the man was found to have 53 phones in his possession which are believed to have been stolen during a concert by the rock duo at The Arena Birmingham on Saturday night.

Police are now encouraging the band’s fans who had their phones stolen to contact them.

Detective Sergeant Jeff Clifford said: “Currently the vast majority of victims have been identified, but we urge anyone who attended the concert who is missing a phone to call 101. Log 671 19/11/17 being used to record new reports.

He added: “It’s an unfortunate reality that large crowds at concerts such as this make rich pickings for career criminals.

“We’re hot on the heels of these offenders but you can also reduce your chances of falling victim to such crimes by remaining extra vigilant when attending busy events.

“If you think you had your phone taken last night, please get in touch with us and we can check whether or not we have been able to recover it.”

Royal Blood perform at Glastonbury in June 2017
Image:Royal Blood perform at Glastonbury in June 2017

The band, which has been praised by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page as “absolutely riveting”, warned their fans on Facebook that their shows seemed to be being targeted by criminals.

“After reports of phone theft in Cardiff & Reading, we urge all fans attending our shows to be vigilant and to protect their personal property, particularly phones and wallets,” the band wrote.

“We shall be contacting all tickets holders and have asked the promoters to increase signage at venues highlighting this risk.

“Additionally, we shall be increasing venue security to specifically target the perpetrators and will be liaising with the police in this matter.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious at our shows please speak to the venue security.”

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Singer and presenter Aled Jones denies ‘inappropriate’ behaviour

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Aled Jones

Singer Aled Jones has said he is “deeply sorry” for any upset caused after allegations about his behaviour, but denied any “inappropriate contact”.

Responding to newspaper claims of inappropriate “messages”, his spokesman said the Songs of Praise star accepted his behaviour more than a decade ago had been “occasionally juvenile”.

The spokesman said he had “voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC whilst the matter is investigated”.

The BBC is not commenting on the story.

Mr Jones’s spokesman added that the allegations from a single female complainant of inappropriate messages and contact, reported in the Sun, did not relate to any broadcast work, and related to a matter more than 10 years ago.

The 46-year-old father-of-two continues to present his Sunday morning show on Classic FM.

The statement said: “Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile, as was that of others, he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.

“He is, however, deeply sorry for any upset caused and hopes this matter is resolved soon.”

Image caption Aled Jones rose to fame with his re-recording of Walking In The Air

Mr Jones first found fame at the age of 12 when his re-recording of Walking In The Air, from animated Christmas film The Snowman, reached the top five of the UK charts in 1985.

The Welsh former choirboy received an MBE in 2013 for his services to music and broadcasting.

He was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 and has also appeared on TV shows including Daybreak, Escape To The Country and Cash In The Attic.

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Aled Jones off air after ‘inappropriate contact’ claim

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The Songs Of Praise presenter, 46, has denied allegations made in The Sun On Sunday that he sent inappropriate messages to a female colleague more than 10 years ago.

However, he has agreed to stay out of the limelight while a probe is under way.

A spokesman for Mr Jones said: “Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile, as was that of others, he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.

He found fame as a 12-year-old choirboy
Image:Aled Jones found fame as a 12-year-old choirboy

“He is, however, deeply sorry for any upset caused and hopes this matter is resolved soon.”

The father-of-two found fame as a 12-year-old choirboy with the Christmas classic Walking In The Air and received an MBE in 2013 for services to music and broadcasting.

The BBC has declined to comment.

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David Cassidy in hospital after organ failure

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The US actor and singer, 67, is “conscious and surrounded by family” after being rushed to hospital in Florida earlier this week, his spokeswoman said.

He had been in an induced coma following kidney failure and needs a liver transplant, according to reports.

Cassidy revealed earlier this year he was battling dementia after video emerged of him performing erratically in California.

David Cassidy performing in Nashville in 2012
Image:David Cassidy performing in Nashville in 2012

He forgot the words to some of his own songs and yelled at a fan to turn off a light that he claimed was blinding him.

Cassidy later told People magazine he had been in “denial” about his illness and he had decided to stop touring, saying he wanted to “enjoy life”.

Cassidy shot to fame in the 1970s as Keith Partridge in TV sitcom The Partridge Family, starring opposite his stepmother Shirley Jones.

David Cassidy at a press conference in London in 1974
Image:David Cassidy at a press conference in London in 1974

He went on to enjoy a hugely successful pop career and scored two UK number ones with How Can I Be Sure and Daydreamer.

But in recent years he has struggled with alcohol problems.

Cassidy was arrested three times for drink driving between 2010 and 2014, and was ordered to go to rehab as part of his sentence in 2014.

A month after his third arrest, his wife, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, filed for divorce.

Cassidy, who has two children, had to auction off his Florida home in 2015 after filing for bankruptcy.

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David Cassidy: Ex-Partridge Family star suffers organ failure

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Image caption David Cassidy was a teen idol in the 1970s

Former The Partridge Family star and singer David Cassidy, 67, is ill in hospital but is reported to be conscious, after suffering multiple organ failure earlier this week.

A spokeswoman said he was admitted to hospital in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday after suffering pain.

He is reportedly suffering kidney failure and needs a liver transplant.

Earlier this year the singer said he had dementia and would stop touring in order to “enjoy life”.

A spokeswoman for Cassidy told the Press Association that he was conscious, following reports he had been put into a coma.

She said he was surrounded by family.

The singer’s health has been deteriorating for more than two months, entertainment website TMZ reported.

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Image caption The singer shot to fame in the 1970s

Cassidy shot to fame playing Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family – a 1970s sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock and roll band. The show spawned hit songs, such as I Think I Love You.

The former heartthrob went on to a hugely successful solo career as a singer and pop idol.

In recent years he has spoken about his struggles with alcohol.

In 2015 he filed for bankruptcy. Between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested three times for drunken driving, and was ordered to rehab as part of his sentence in 2014. He has divorced three times.

A video that emerged on social media of him performing earlier this year raised concerns about his health.

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Missed this week’s entertainment and arts news?

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Lots has happened in the past week in the worlds of TV, film, art and comedy. Here are some of the biggest stories, in case they passed you by.

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Cheers and applause greeted the record-breaking sale of a 500-year-old painting of Jesus believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci.

The painting, known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World), sold for $450m (Β£341m) – considerably more than the Β£45 it fetched back in 1958.

Read more on this story.

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After weeks of speculation, ITV confirmed the line-up for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here ahead of its launch on Sunday.

The participation of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s father Stanley was much remarked upon, possibly because he was one of the few names people had heard of.

Read more on this story.

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Jimmy Fallon returned to his regular desk at NBC’s Tonight Show, having absented himself a week to mourn his beloved mother Gloria.

“Mom, I’ll never stop trying to make you laugh,” he said at the end of an emotional tribute to the woman he said had always been his “best audience”.

Read more on this story.

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Large-scale venue owners rejoiced this week at the news that comedian Peter Kay is to tour the UK again after an eight-year hiatus.

The Bolton-born star said he had missed performing in front of a live audience and “couldn’t wait to get back up on stage” from April 2018.

Read more on this story.

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A row broke out this week over the skimpy outfits some of Wonder Women’s fellow Amazons are seen wearing in the latest superhero film Justice League.

Actress Jessica Chastain was among those to express dismay after the costumes appeared to shrink compared with those in the stand-alone Wonder Woman film released earlier this year.

Read more on this story.

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A reader’s survey of the UK’s favourite breakfast television hosts saw the top five places all go to male presenters.

The Radio Times poll kicked off a war of words between ITV’s Piers Morgan and the BBC’s Dan Walker after the former beat the latter by 38 votes.

Read more on this story.

Finally, tributes were paid to the actor Keith Barron following his death at the age of 83.

Born in south Yorkshire, the honey-voiced thespian was best known for his role as David Pearce in ITV’s sitcom Duty Free.

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Politicians who tried to make it in reality TV

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She has been criticised for her decision to appear on the programme and some of her colleagues have even called for her to be suspended from the party.

:: Kezia Dugdale set to go into celeb jungle

But she is not the first politician to dabble in reality TV.

Among the others are:

:: Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing

The former Labour MP made his reality TV debut in 2016 and unexpectedly won many fans, becoming the hit of the series.

Among his routines were a salsa to the Psy hit Gangnam Style but sadly the former shadow chancellor – who also found social media fame by using his first tweet to confirm his own name – was voted out in the 10th week of the series.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Image:Is it a wig? Michael Fabricant’s appearance on First Dates did not go as planned

:: Michael Fabricant on First Dates

The Tory MP appeared on the celebrity edition of the programme, also in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

His date with fantasy writer Jan didn’t go so smoothly though, after she mistook his hair for a wig. There were no romantic sparks.

Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow George Galloway arrives to enter the Celebrity Big Brother 4 in 2006
Image:George Galloway seen on his way to Celebrity Big Brother 4 in 2006

:: George Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother

The former London mayoral candidate was on the show in 2006 and best remembered for his imitation of a cat, crawling on all fours, purring and pretending to lick cream from the hands of another contestant.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the performance drew some criticism.

Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt outside the Houses of Parliament in central London in 2010
Image:Conservative MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt made a Splash!

:: Penny Mordaunt on Splash!

The recently-named International Development Secretary appeared on the diving show in 2014.

She too was criticised but responded by vowing to donate her Β£10,000 appearance fee plus any additional sponsorship to the renovation of her local lido and to armed services charities.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Edwina Currie arrives at the Strictly Come Dancing 2011 press launch at BBC Television Centre on September 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Image:Edwina Currie’s dance moves did not impress the viewers

:: Edwina Currie on Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity

The former Conservative MP did the double – Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 and I’m A Celebrity in 2014.

Her dancing skills didn’t impress – she was the first to be voted off but she fared somewhat better on I’m A Celebrity, braving gunge and Kendra Wilkinson to come in fourth.

Ann Widdecombe attends the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Season 8 Launch Show at BBC Television Centre on September 8, 2010 in London, England
Image:Ann Widdecombe lasted 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing

:: Ann Widdecombe on Strictly Come Dancing

The former Maidstone MP danced up a storm with professional Anton Du Beke, lasting until the 10th week of competition, when she was voted off.

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills attends Create UK launched by the Creative Industries Council at Facebook Headquarters on July 2, 2014 in London, England
Image:Vince Cable fulfilled an ambition to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

:: Sir Vince Cable on Strictly Come Dancing

The former business secretary appeared in the Christmas Special in 2010, even admitting to having had a “serious ambition” to appear on the programme.

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn takes part in the first day of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on September 24, 2017. Britain's revitalised Labour opposition kicks off its annual conference today with leader Jeremy Corbyn set to lay out his party's agenda, free from the leadership challenges of previous years
Image:Jeremy Corbyn was not impressed with Nigella’s cooking

:: Jeremy Corbyn on Gogglebox

The Labour leader appeared on the Channel 4 programme as part of the celebrity episode for Stand Up To Cancer.

He shared his views on TV shows and his recipe for coddled eggs.

He even shared his disdain for celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s poached egg technique.

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Dunham apologises for supporting rape accused

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Murray Miller is accused of raping Aurora Perrineau in 2012, when she was 17 – a claim he has denied through his lawyer.

The allegations were made public on Friday and Dunham tweeted in his support, on behalf of herself and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner.

She had written: “…During every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets.

“We believe, having worked closely with [Miller] for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.”

Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.

β€” πŸ’Ž Lena Dunham πŸ’Ž (@lenadunham) August 4, 2017

Dunham was widely criticised by Twitter users, many of whom retweeted a message she posted in August, which said: “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.”

Your are exactly what victims fear when they come forward. A trusted voice denying the possibility of the claim, providing character reference to a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Predators rely on people like you.

β€” Christina Rodriguez (@Stinkface27) November 18, 2017

So I guess you’d be defending Weinstein if he had contributed to your career. Classy.

β€” Sam Carlson (@captsamface) November 18, 2017

I used to have so much respect for you. I even aspired to do what you did. It probably doesn’t mean anything but I’m unfollowing today because what you just did & continue to do is abhorrent.

β€” Tamira Alison (@tamirasays) November 18, 2017

On Saturday, the Hollywood Reporter said she had tweeted an apology: “As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up.

“Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically (sic) supporting someone accused of sexual assault, but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months.

“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry. We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber of our being.”

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β€” πŸ’Ž Lena Dunham πŸ’Ž (@lenadunham) November 19, 2017

TheWrap, which broke the original story, said that Perrineau had filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In a statement reprinted by the Hollywood Reporter, Mr Miller’s lawyer Don Walerstein said: “Mr. Miller categorically and vehemently denies Ms Perrineau’s outrageous claims.

“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who – on Ms Perrineau’s behalf – sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.

“Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms Perrineau go to the police. Mr Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.”

Mr Miller is also known as having been a producer on the Fox animated comedies King Of The Hill and American Dad.

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