For a (mostly) lighthearted memoir written by the star of a TV comedy, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, has generated a surprising amount of controversy.
First, there was Dunham was accused of sexual molestation after right wing blog Truth Revolt called attention to a portion of the book in which Dunham described a bizarre, sexually explorative incident that occurred when she and her sister were both very young.
Now, Dunham shockingly stands accused of lying about being raped during her time at Oberlin College.
Conservative website Breitbart News claims to have investigated an incident described in the book, in which a sexual encounter between Dunham and a man named "Barry" went horribly awry:
Dunham says she initially consented to sex with Barry, but he became "rough," and aggressive, and repeatedly removed the condom she'd insisted that he wear.
The Girls actress says that it wasn't until she spoke with friends about the incident the following day that she realized she'd been raped.
John Nolte of Breitbart has dubbed the excerpt the "Raped By a Republican Story" (Dunham states at one point that her attacker was politically conservative), and he claims that his investigation into the matter reveals that Dunham's account is exaggerated, if not completely fabricated:
"Under scrutiny," Nolte wrote. "Dunham's rape story didn't just fall apart, it evaporated into pixie dust and blew away."
"We immediately found that there indeed was a prominent Republican named Barry who attended Oberlin at the time in question. [But] the facts do not point back at him. Not even close...This man is by all accounts (including his own) innocent."
Nolte goes on to claim that Dunham did not use an alias for Barry because she hoped to "point her powerful finger" at him and destroy his reputation.
He claims that Barry has been forced to "hide his Facebook page and retain in attorney" in the wake of the accusations.
"Lena Dunham may have been raped at Oberlin," Nolte concludes. "But the 'Barry' she describes in her memoir is a ghost."
Dunham may have been forced to apologize the last time her book drew criticism, but you can expect John Nolte to wind up issuing a mea culpa this time around.
The Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal has opened a national conversation about the importance of allowing rape victims to speak out without fear of being publicly shamed of vilified.
Nolte's tireless effort to clear the name of a man who hadn't been named (and wasn't facing any charges) probably would've rubbed millions the wrong way at any time, but it seems particularly distasteful in light of recent events.