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    The Other Collapsing Campus Rape Story

    The Other Collapsing Campus Rape Story

    Lena Dunham’s story of rape at Oberlin is raising questions.

    The crumbling of Rolling Stone’s story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia is sending shock waves through the media this weekend but there’s another rape story which is also now being questioned.

    Lena Dunham of the HBO program ‘Girls’ claimed in her recent memoir ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ that she was raped by a Republican student while attending Oberlin. Breitbart News has conducted an extensive investigation of her claim and the facts are coming up short.

    John Nolte reports:

    INVESTIGATION: Lena Dunham ‘Raped by a Republican’ Story in Bestseller Collapses Under Scrutiny

    After a month-long investigation that included more than a dozen interviews, a trip to the Oberlin campus, and hours spent poring through the Oberlin College archives, her description of the campus remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify in Dunham’s story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry.

    On top of the name Barry, which Dunham does not identify as a pseudonym (more on the importance of this below), Dunham drops close to a dozen specific clues about the identity of the man she alleges raped her as a 19-year-old student. Some of the details are personality traits like his being a “poor loser” at poker. Other details are quite specific. For instance, Dunham informs us her rapist sported a flamboyant mustache, worked at the campus library, and even names the radio talk show he hosted.

    To be sure we get the point, on three occasions Dunham tells her readers that her attacker is a Republican or a conservative, and a prominent one at that — no less than the “campus’s resident conservative.”

    For weeks, and to no avail, using phone and email and online searches, Breitbart News was able to verify just one of these details.

    Nolte’s report is long but worth reading in full.

    Breitbart’s investigative work was so thorough that Eugene Volokh of the Washington Post is already entertaining a scenario in which the accused man identified as ‘Barry’ could sue Dunham.

    Volokh writes:

    Could ‘Barry’ sue Lena Dunham over her memoirs?

    A reader writes:

    I think … VC/Wapo readers (including those sympathetic to Ms. Dunham) would be interested in your thoughts on whether Barry “One” (as the … Breitbart article refers to him) has a potential cause of action against Lena Dunham and/or Random House for negligence, [intentional infliction of emotional distress], false light, libel, whatever (assuming he can prove that he did not rape or otherwise have sex with Ms. Dunham as described in her memoir). At least to me, the question of whether an author can be held liable (consistent with the First Amendment) for intentionally or unintentionally (but negligently, if proved) ruining an innocent person’s reputation or life, is very interesting …. And in the Breitbart article, it mentions that Barry has hired a lawyer, so legal action may be being contemplated (in the Kevin Williamson piece in National Review … Barry expresses that this is taking an immense, negative toll on him and his family).

    A very interesting question, to which it turns out that there’s a good legal answer (assuming we can figure out the facts).

    1. Lena Dunham’s memoir describes her having sex with someone named Barry, whom she labels as Oberlin’s “resident conservative.” Her description seems to me to leave it somewhat ambiguous as to whether Barry raped her, but it does describe some sexual behavior by Barry that at the very least reflects badly on him.

    This was a bad week for rape culture activists but a win for due process.

    Featured image via Breitbart video.


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    kenoshamarge | December 7, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I simply cannot understand why anyone pays any attention to anything this creature says. She is waaaay beyond tacky and edging into scum. Having gotten that off my chest, I cannot help but wonder about her repeatedly saying that she was raped by a Republican. Who says that?

    “Did you see who raped you Miss”, asks the officer.
    “It was a Republican”, replies the victim.

    Are you kidding me? This is just another instance of the so-called feminists attacking conservatives.

    Another complaint I have is how the hell do they get off calling themselves “feminists”. I’m a female, have been for a very long time and they sure as hell don’t represent me.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to kenoshamarge. | December 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Identifying her “attacker” as a “Republican” was the first dead giveaway I saw that this was another hoax. That was said so obviously for media attention, it’d be laughable if it wasn’t so sick.

      But it also demonstrates what easy targets ‘pubs are considered by the media and entertainment industry when even a dumb blob like this pig realizes that that’s an easy way to get attention and start a bandwagon. If she’d said nothing about politics or said he was a ‘rat? Crickets or naysayers, much less interest, much more doubt.

    More likely she receives a tenured position at a major American university. When did bad behavior ever operate to injure the career of a Leftist?

    Hey if Ventura can sue Chris Kyle’s estate for Kyle’s account of a bar fight this should be a slam dunk.

    kay2861 | December 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I find it hard to believe that someone as liberal as Lena Dunham would have dated a Republican in the first place. It would go against everything she believes in. That alone should be the first clue that she is lying about being raped.

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