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Lena Dunham threatens legal action, Gawker removes leaked book proposal

By Hillary Busis,
December 11, 2012 -- Updated 2136 GMT (0536 HKT)
"Girls" creator Lena Dunham's $3.7 million book proposal leaked online last Friday.
  • Gawker has removed Dunham's $3.7 million book proposal after being contacted by her lawyer
  • Buzzfeed has also taken down its post on Dunham's proposal
  • "Girls" returns to HBO January 13

( -- Didn't get a chance to read "Girls" creator Lena Dunham's $3.7 million book proposal when it leaked online last Friday? Too bad -- Gawker, the site that originally published the proposal, has removed it after being contacted by Charles Harder, the 26-year-old multihyphenate's lawyer.

Buzzfeed has taken down every image from a post titled "9 Passages From Lena Dunham's Book Proposal Illustrated By Her Instagrams" as well.

But while Gawker writer John Cook got rid of the proposal itself -- though it's probably still floating around on the Internet, since Cook posted it as a downloadable Scribd file -- he neglected to scrub several of its quotes from his original blog post despite Harder's cease and desist.

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Instead, Cook has added snide commentary meant "to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal" to each excerpt.

Example: "The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham is incapable of conceiving a rationale for writing that doesn't serve the goal of drawing attention to herself."

"Girls" returns to HBO January 13.

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