Gawker vs. Lena Dunham

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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"Girls" creator Lena Dunham is not only the "voice of a generation," she's also a bonafide millionaire, having recently sold a book proposal to Random House for $3.5 million. Gawker got hold of the 66-pager for "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned," a "frank and funny" advice book for the Millennial set, and published it in full on their website along with the usual smart-alecky comments.

Gawker complied when Dunham's lawyer first asked them to remove the proposal, but according to Deadline's Nikke Finke, the 26-year-old actress is playing "hardball." She wants 12 chosen quotes from her proposal taken down too.

Writes Finke:

Look, the publishing industry leaks like a sieve and many book proposals leak to the media. (Heck, I posted Jon Peters’ entire book proposal, and lost him a bunch of friends, and no one threatened to sue me…) Of course, interest is high in this proposal that sold for $3.5M by a Hollywood wunderkind.

Instead of removing the quotes, Gawker annotated each with a message from Dunham's lawyer, and a snarky comment about her "cloying posture of precociousness."

Dunham book proposal: Once I had a vegan dinner party which was chronicled for the style section of the New York Times.

Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is indicative of a nauseating and cloying posture of precociousness that permeates the entire proposal.

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