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Lena Dunham disputes abuse allegations in Twitter 'rage spiral'

Lena Dunham, actor and creator of the hit HBO series, Girls, lashed out on Twitter over allegations she sexually abused her little sister.

28-year-old Girls actor and creator lashes out against sex abuse claims involving her sister

Lena Dunham, seen here signing copies of her book Not That Kind Of Girl in London last week, responded to the "upsetting" allegations on Twitter. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Lena Dunham was in a "rage spiral" as she disputed a writer's contention that she sexually abused her little sister.

In a recent essay for the conservative National Review Online, Kevin D. Williamson cited a passage from Dunham's best-selling memoir Not That Kind of Girl in which she recalled kissing and touching her sister, Grace. "Very disturbing behaviour," Williamson wrote.

The passage in question reads: "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."

Dunham fires back 

In response to her critics, Dunham posted several tweets over the weekend that she called a "rage spiral."

"The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn't just LOL (laugh out loud) -  it's really f---ing 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."

"I bet you have some (stories) too, old men, that I'd rather not hear," she continued.

She also wrote that the allegations were "upsetting" and "disgusting." She described the incidents as those of a "weird" 7-year-old girl and challenged her critics to acknowledge that such experiences were common.

With files from CBC News

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