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Jonathon Dornbush
November 03, 2014 AT 04:46 PM EST

Following the release of Lena Dunham’s memoir/essay collection hybrid Not That Kind of Girl, a few outlets pointed to passages from the book in which they say that the author, director, and actress admits to committing sexual abuse when she was a child. Dunham—in a self-described “rage spiral”—has taken to Twitter to refute the claims.

National Review‘s Kevin D. Williamson accused Dunham of sexual abuse in a story published in the magazine’s Nov. 3 issue, citing passages from Girl in which Dunham recalls masturbating in bed as her younger sister, Grace, slept and writes of bribing Grace with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds.”

He also calls out a passage in which Dunham describes being seven years old and looking at her then one-year-old sister’s vagina, only to discover that she had inserted into it several pebbles from their driveway. As Williamson writes:

When Dunham inspects her sister’s business, she shrieks at what she sees: “Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. . . . Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been such a success.” Dunham’s writing often is unclear (willfully so, it seems), but the context here — Grace has overheard her older sister asking whether her baby sister has a uterus — and Grace’s satisfaction with her prank suggest that Grace was expecting her older sister to go poking around in her genitals and inserted the pebbles in expectation of it.

He continues that there is “no non-horrific interpretation of this episode,” assuming that Dunham’s joke about acting like “a sexual predator” is more serious than Dunham meant it to be.

Here’s the Lena Dunham “sexual predator” joke, in case yall thought it was made up.

— Dianna E Anderson (@diannaeanderson) November 1, 2014

Truth Revolt, a blog run by political commentator Ben Shapiro, followed up Williamson’s piece to accuse Dunham of sexual abuse as well. The article refers to the same passages.

Other than the National Review and Truth Revolt, few reviewers highlighted these excerpts from Girl as noteworthy. Still, Dunham responded to their allegations on her Twitter feed, calling them “disgusting”:

The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL- it’s really fucking upsetting and disgusting. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

And by the way, if you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

Usually this is stuff I can ignore but don’t demean sufferers, don’t twist my words, back the fuck up bros. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

I told a story about being a weird 7 year old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

Dunham followed up her tweets with another referencing her and her sister’s quite different reactions to the accusations.

Sometimes I get so mad I burn right up. Also I wish my sister wasn’t laughing so hard.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014

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