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Lena Dunham backtracks defense of 'Girls' producer accused of raping teen

Lena Dunham did a major backtrack following backlash from her decision to defend a “Girls” producer who was recently accused of raping a teenage girl.

>> Lena Dunham slammed for defending 'Girls' producer accused of rape

Actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report against producer Murray Miller, saying that he raped her in 2012 when she was 17 and he was 35 years old, according to The Wrap. In a statement filed by the now 23-year-old, Perrineau said she woke up in Murray’s bed after drinking alcohol with him in his hotel room and he was “having sexual intercourse with [her].” Murray “categorically and vehemently” denied the allegation.

Dunham and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner released a joint statement in which they did not simply stand by Murray, but accused Perrineau of lying:

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"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."

Many criticized Dunham for her part in the statement, especially considering she once popularly tweeted, “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.”

On Saturday night, Dunham issued an apology on Twitter, saying, “I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months:”

>> See the tweet here

Dunham added that she understood “it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement” and apologized.

Her apology was met with more criticism:

She was also accused of frequently making tone-deaf apologies:

In the initial fallout over Dunham’s statement, actress Asia Argento, who accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, questioned her, writing, “You wrote me an email of support a few weeks ago and now you defend a rapist?"

>> On Rare.us: Lena Dunham responds to backlash after she announced she had to give up her dog, Lamby

Commentator S.E. Cupp tweeted, “Life comes at you fast @lenadunham,” with a screenshot of Dunham’s statement and an old assertion that women did not lie about rape.

One commenter accused Dunham of insinuating that women were to be believed unless they accused personal friends of hers, while another accused her of “conveniently” turning a blind eye “while throwing other women under the bus.”

Charles Manson death: Notable reactions on social media

Charles Manson, the cult leader who led followers to kill actress Sharon Tate and six others, is dead at age 83, the California Department of Corrections said late Sunday.

>> Charles Manson dead at 83

>> PHOTOS: Charles Manson through the years

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Here’s what public figures, celebrities, and other notable people and organizations were saying about his death:

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Charles Manson dead at 83

Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader who led followers to murder several people in the 1960s, is dead, the California Department of Corrections said late Sunday. The 83-year-old died of “natural causes,” according to a CDCR news release.

>> Click here to read the statement from the California Department of Corrections

>> Charles Manson death: Notable reactions on social media

TMZ reported Wednesday that Manson’s health had been deteriorating steadily. He was transported with five uniformed cops to a hospital in Bakersfield, California, three days earlier, the site said.

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The convicted mass murderer was imprisoned at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California, and was known as the leader of what later became known as the Manson Family cult. Despite the conviction, Manson himself never committed the murders.

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Born in 1934, he was infamously connected to the violent murder of actress Sharon Tate and others in Hollywood. The Family, as they became known, carried out at least 35 murders, most of which never resulted in convictions. 

The first murders occurred in Aug. 1969, at a Los Angeles home rented by Roman Polanski. Mason reportedly directed four followers -- Steven Parent, Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian -- to brutally murder four victims in the house. Tate, Polanski’s pregnant wife, was among them, as were hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee bean heiress Abigail Folger and her partner, writer Wojciech Frykowski. Polanski was shooting a movie in London.

>> PHOTOS: Charles Manson through the years

The Family, made up of about 100 followers, lived unconventionally and routinely used hallucinogenic drugs, such as magic mushrooms and LSD.

In January, Manson was hospitalized with a reported serious illness. According to TMZ, he had severe intestinal bleeding. He was sent back to Corocoran after doctors said he was too weak for doctors to repair a lesion. 

These children’s Christmas wish lists include blankets, food 

Not all wishes are for the season’s hottest toy. 

Some boys and girls are seeking more practical gifts: hygiene items, warm blankets and food.

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The charity group Things of My Very Own is hoping to help them. 

The organization created tags, and children filled them out with specific items they would like. 

“I want school snacks so I’m not the only one not eating during snack time at school,” a 10-year-old boy wrote. 

The tags hang at a Scotia pizza shop. A social media post by the charity group features some of the children’s holiday wishes.

“This Christmas I want warm blankets and a coat,” an 11-year-old girl wrote. “I am a nice person.”

The group has seen an outpouring of support which they hope will continue after the holiday season.

“But February through July or August are very, very difficult for families because the donations don't come in,” nonprofit founder Rayn Boncie told WYNT.

Pink scales skyscraper for American Music Awards performance

Pink is well known for performing in a harness above crowds, but she put a unique spin on it at Sunday’s American Music Awards.

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While singing the title track of her new album, “Beautiful Trauma,” the singer and a group of dancers were suspended from high wire.

Stories above the ground along the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, Pink spun, flipped and soared as a crowd of fans watched below.

Ellen DeGeneres and Martina McBride were among the celebrities who offered high praise of the singer.

Watch a clip of the performance below.

‘Signing Santa’ brings holiday traditions to deaf children

Like most kids, Camron Ellis was excited to go to the mall. 

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Ellis, who was born with severe hearing loss and uses a cochlear implant, was one of several dozen other deaf or hard of hearing children Tuesday to see Christmas carolers and tell Santa what they want for the holidays as part of the “Signing Santa” event at MacArthur Center. 

“(Camron’s) just full of joy and having the time of his life,” his grandmother Temekka Ellis told the Virginian-Pilot. “He looks forward to this every year. This is our third time here.”

The Talking Hands, a group from Suffolk high school’s sign language class, performed “Frosty the Snowman,” “Silent Night” and other holiday classics, according to the Suffolk News-Herald.

“This is probably the only time these deaf kids get to see Christmas carols in sign,” signing teacher, Anita Fisher, told the Pilot

“For me, this is about the kids,” high school senior Ray Liverman, who took up sign language three years ago, told the Pilot. “I saw what this group was doing and I like the Christmas songs, so I just started in the class. I know it sounds sappy, but it just really warms my heart when I see the looks on their faces, because they understand the songs now.”

The mall also offers a “Calming Santa” event for children with autism and other special needs.

Camron Ellis, 5, wearing a bright red shirt and blue jeans, moved his hands, trying to keep up with the singers as they signed “Jingle Bells.”

“Music,” he said. “Yes. Thank you.”

Christina Aguilera belts a Whitney Houston tribute at American Music Awards

Christina Aguilera delivered a tribute to the late Whitney Houston that only a vocalist of her caliber could do.

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At Sunday night’s American Music Awards, Aguilera celebrated the 25th anniversary of Houston’s blockbuster movie “The Bodyguard” and it’s top-selling soundtrack.

Related: Christina Aguilera to pay tribute to Whitney Houston, ‘The Bodyguard’ at AMAs

Beginning her set in a black pantsuit and a singular spotlight, Aguilera sang the a capella opening of “I Will Always Love You,” transitioning to the big note before going into “I Have Nothing,” followed by “Run to You,” a song Houston herself has praised Aguilera for singing.

Related: Christina Aguilera to pay tribute to Whitney Houston, ‘The Bodyguard’ at AMAs

Assisted by a choir, Aguilera ended her tribute with “I’m Every Woman” recieving a standing ovation.

Watch a clip of the performance below.

Couple sue after police mistake hibiscus for pot in drug bust

plant mistaken for marijuana led to a Butler County couple suing their police department for a wrongful drug bust.

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Audrey and Edward Cramer talked about that incident on Thursday as they announced the lawsuit.

The Cramers said it all started when their insurance agent came to their Buffalo Township home for a property damage claim and took pictures of hibiscus plants. The agent thought they were marijuana and gave the pictures to police.

Audrey Cramer could not hold back the tears as she described how three Buffalo Township police officers pulled her out of her home on Oct. 5 wearing only her underwear.

"I was not treated as though I was a human being. I was just something they were going to push aside," she said. “I asked them again if I could put pants on and he told me no and I had to stand out on the porch."

The Cramers say that police thought they were growing marijuana in the backyard of their Garden Way home. When officers got a search warrant and went to their house, the Cramers say their home was ransacked and they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a police car for four hours.

"Sometimes I think they look for a crime where it doesn't exist in order to justify their existence," Edward Cramer said.

Edward Cramer says he tried to explain that the plants were hibiscus flowers.

The couple's attorney, Al Lindsay, filed a lawsuit today on their behalf.

"I cannot understand the frame of reference that was on these police officers’ minds, what were they thinking,” Lindsay said.

The Cramers say they never got an apology. Audrey says she has severe emotional trauma.

"I don't sleep at night,” she said. “And you don't leave me at the house by myself."

Channel 11 reached out to the Buffalo Township police and the township manager but they have yet to respond.

Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior with stylist

Ryan Seacrest pre-emptively denied an accusation by an anonymous E! hair stylist who said the entertainer acted inappropriately.

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“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” Seacrest said Friday. “If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry.”

Deadline said she was trying to shake him down for money but he declined.

“I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result,” the “American Idol” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host said in a statement. “I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be. I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question. I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself.”

“I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices,” he said.

Seacrest hosted E! News from 2006 to 2012.

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