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The #MeToo Movement continues to air out the dark underbelly that exists in Hollywood and those in positions of power abusing that power to manipulate others. Aurora Perrineau, daughter of actor Harold Perrineau, was one of the many that has recently stepped out to call out her perpetrator. The 23-year-old actress filed a report in November alleging that Girls writer, Murray Miller assaulted her in 2012 when she was only 17-years-old. The actress, who has had small roles in movies like Passengers, stated she met Miller when she was out having drinks with friends at The Standard Hotel in Los Angeles. The Wrap obtained a statement in which Perrineau disclosed details of that evening in which she expresses that Miller, who was 35 at the time, asked for ride home “because he was drunk” and the group agreed. She says once at Miller’s house everyone got out the car, although she didn’t really feel like she should but went along with everyone else. At this point things took a turn for the worse:

“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”

Additional controversy surrounded the allegations when Girls star Lena Dunham made a statement that came to the defense of Miller whom she considers a friend, leading many to question Dunham’s self-identification as a feminist and asking if “feminism according to Dunham” doesn’t include fighting for the voices of women with color.

Now a new voice and a different perspective had been added to the conversation. Harold Perrineau, who is known for his roles in The Best Man and the Lost series, took to social media to let folks know that he supports his daughter and that their family is literally not the one to “f**k with”. He shared what one could only imagine most parents must feel like in similar situations: He feels helpless. In a statement posted on Twitter, he explains why he’s been silent for several weeks:

“I mean, what do you say when you are watching your wife not eat or sleep? What do you say when you realized you couldn’t protect your child? What do you say when your heart is just….broken? Silence.”

He then goes on to praise his daughter who he feels is the hero in the whole situation, despite the difficult circumstances she’s endured:

“I noticed her strength and bravery. I noticed her stand up. Stand up and say no more! No more terror, or fear, no more nightmares, no more hiding. And I realized, I’m not watching some victim here, I’m in the presence of a warrior. A real life crime fighter who is unafraid to look boldly at some coward who hoped to abuse her and say, no.”

He then went on to offer his full support to the #MeToo movement and shouted out the many woman who are standing in solidarity, despite Dunham’s questionable support:

“If you are willing to stand up, #metoo. If you are willing to fight, #metoo. If you are willing to say no more to this way of life where people think they can abuse you and get away with it, then I say, hells yes, #metoo. So to @taranaburke, @terrycrews, @rosemcgowan, @halesbells, @_jessicabarth_, @zinziclemmons, @itsgabrielleu, @asiaargento @lupita_nyongo and to every other person that is fighting back, I say thank you for all of your support, and I stand with you. I fight beside you.”

Lastly, sounding like many black fathers across the country, he sent a warning Miller’s way, reminding him that justice will be served:

“I say, let’s let the police do their job. But you should know this…YOU HAVE F****D WITH THE WRONG FAMILY!!! WE STAND UP!!!”

Miller has denied the accusations. Variety reports that his lawyers recently retracted a statement that they once made accusing Perrineau and her legal team of demanding money. Lawyers initially expressed that Perrineau allegedly demanded payment to make the charges go away:

“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who – on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf – sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”

“Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police.”

The team has since started singing a different tune:

“In a previous statement to the media, we stated that Ms. Perrineau sought substantial monetary damages from our client Murray Miller.”

“Neither Ms. Perrineau nor her attorney have ever made a demand for money. Our previous above statement was incorrect and the result of a good-faith misunderstanding.”

You can read Harold Perrineau’s full statement below:

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