Late last month, actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report against Girls writer Murray Miller for sexual assault, The Wrap first published. Perrineau’s revelation detailed a time in 2012 when Miller allegedly raped her, joining a myriad of stories from women and men in Hollywood who endured sexual violence or misconduct at the hands of executives and public figures.
Perrineau said she met Miller in Los Angeles during a night out at The Standard Hotel with two friends. When it was time to part ways, Miller reportedly asked one of Perrineau’s friends for a ride home due to him being intoxicated. Once they arrived, they all went inside his house – a gesture the actress was initially uneasy with – where Perrineau said she repeatedly declined Miller’s alleged advances. He was 35 at the time. “At some point I woke up in Murray’s bed naked,” she recalled in a statement. “He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”
The now 23-year-old’s father and actor, Harold Perrineau, broke his silence after the news hit the Internet. The 54-year-old said he grappled with his stillness because he didn’t know how to navigate the healing process. “I mean what do you say when you are watching your wife not eat or sleep?” the Lost actor wrote. “What do you say when you realized you couldn’t protect your child? What do you say when your heart is just broken?”
— Harold Perrineau (@HaroldPerrineau) December 8, 2017
“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 percent 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.”
Murray’s attorneys also disavowed a claim that Aurora Perrineau “sought substantial monetary damages” from the former. “Neither Ms. Perrineau nor her attorney have ever made a demand for money. Our previous above statement was incorrect and the result of a good-faith misunderstanding.”