CBSN

Lena Dunham postpones book tour stops, citing illness

Lena Dunham meets fans and signs copies of her book "Not That Kind of Girl" on Oct. 29, 2014, in London.

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Lena Dunham has postponed two appearances in Europe until early December, citing illness incurred from her weeks-long book tour.

In a statement issued Tuesday through her publisher, Random House, the 28-year-old writer and "Girls" star said stops in Belgium and Germany originally planned for this week will instead take place between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9. "Details to come," she added.

Dunham toured the U.S. and Canada throughout October to promote her best-selling essay collection "Not That Kind of Girl." She first announced her postponements over the weekend on Twitter, soon after she had posted a self-described "rage spiral" of tweets denouncing allegations that as a child she had sexually abused her younger sister, Grace. The conservative National Review Online had cited passages from her book in which Dunham recalled kissing and touching her sister.

On Tuesday, Dunham released a statement to Time magazine in which she said "she did not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances."

I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book Not That Kind of Girl.

First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.

Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term "sexual predator" was insensitive, and I'm sorry for that as well.

As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.

Earlier this year, Dunham supported Dylan Farrow's decision to write an open letter detailing allegations that her father, Woody Allen, had sexually abused her. The letter was published in The New York Times.

"To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous," Dunham tweeted at the time, adding a link to Dylan Farrow's letter.