Deputy Charles Moore of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to Variety that Perrineau filed a report. The Los Angeles Police Department is handling the investigation.
In a statement, attorney Matthew B. Walerstein denied the allegation. “Mr. Miller categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” reads the statement. “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.”
Co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner provided a statement to Variety in defense of Miller. “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,” they said in the statement.
“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.”
Perrineau had a small role in Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s 2016 sci-fi thriller “Passengers,” and played Shana in 2015’s live-action “Jem and the Holograms.” She is also the daughter of “Lost” actor Harold Perrineau. Her representatives declined further comment.
Miller, whose credits also include episodes of comedies “King of the Hill” and “American Dad,” is listed as a writer of seven episodes of HBO’s drama “Girls” between 2013 and 2017.
The Wrap first reported Perrineau’s allegation.
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