Lena Dunham's Publisher Offers to Pay Legal Fees for Former Student
Random House will also add a disclaimer to future digital and print editions of Not That Kind of Girl
Random House has announced that it will add a disclaimer to Lena Dunham‘s book Not That Kind of Girl stating that “Barry,” a man Dunham describes as a “mustachioed campus Republican” who assaulted her after a party during their Oberlin days, is a pseudonym.
The book’s description was close enough to an actual former Oberlin student named Barry that readers made the connection. According to his lawyer, he is now having to defend himself against assumptions that he assaulted the Girls actress
“The digital edition of Not That Kind of Girl will reflect that ‘Barry’ is a pseudonym,” a spokeswoman for Random House tells PEOPLE. “Future printings of the physical book will also have that change.”
The publisher has also agreed to pay Barry’s legal fees after his attorney, Aaron Minc, created a GoFundMe page for him. The page stated that “Barry has already spent a substantial portion of his savings on legal fees because of the actions (and inactions) of Ms. Dunham and Penguin Random House. [We] will be grateful for any contributions to support this effort.”
The publisher tells PEOPLE: “Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion that has led attorney Aaron Minc to post on GoFundMe on behalf of his client, whose first name is Barry.
“We are offering to pay the fees Mr. Minc has billed his client to date. Our offer will allow Mr. Minc and his client to donate all of the crowd-funding raised to not-for-profit organizations assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault.”
This is not the first brush with controversy for Not That Kind of Girl. In November, Dunham fired back at conservative critics who accused her of molesting her little sister based on a story in the book.
And in September, she decided to pay opening acts on her book tour following an Internet backlash.