Dunham will amend a section in Not That Kind Of Girl to make it clear that she is using a pseudonym when she refers to a ‘mustachioed campus Republican’ she calls Barry, who she says sexually assaulted her in college by taking off a condom without her consent during sex. Another man named Barry, from Oberlyn, feels that the description matched him too closely and began legal action. Random House:
As indicated on the copyright page of Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, some names and identifying details in the book have been changed. The name ‘Barry’ referenced in the book is a pseudonym. Random House, on our own behalf and on behalf of our author, regrets the confusion.
The new editions of the book will contain a footnote in the relevant chapter noting that Barry is not the man’s real name.