“Lena was not anywhere present in our group during the countless hours of work for the last two months," commented Thompson in a now-deleted Instagram post. "We hosted an open house for the actresses for red carpet messaging and Lena’s presence was a surprise to us all."
The actress, who admits that she "sometimes lack finesse in navigating social media," has reached out to the Girls creator.
"I, in no way, want to diminish Lena Dunham and her work, her voice, and her importance," read a message from Thompson on Twitter. "We have spoken and she knows my heart."
"It doesn't belong to any one. It is for us all," she continued. "The beauty of this huge collaboration has been a group of countless committed people who have come together for a shared purpose. To create change. And it is such a powerful thing. I stand, humbled, with everyone involved. Linked not ranked."
Many people and publications called Tessa's note an apology, to which the actress responded by saying it was not. "This was not meant as an apology, as much as an attempt to re-center the conversation around the work," she wrote on Twitter. "The truth remains: Many women, particularly women of color, don’t feel safe and seen. To those women, like Aurora Perrineau—I see you. I am with you. This must be clear."
A rep for Dunham relayed a message to Page Six, explaining why she was unable to get involved. "For highly personal reasons, I’ve been unable to join previous efforts but being asked to be a part of this celebratory moment was truly beautiful," she said. "I’ve worked with Tessa and respect her artistry and admire her consistent candor."