2014-02-03 - 7:51 p.m.
Dylan Farrow has come forward with her story about being victimized by Woody Allen and what it did to her to see him walk away. Nicholas Kristof, apparently a friend, allowed her to post her letter in his NYT blog.
Perhaps to pacify the lawyers, he says this: "Allenís defenders correctly note that he denies the allegations, has never been convicted and should be presumed innocent."
Correctly? What rich or powerful man in those days was convicted of molesting a child? Not being charged or convicted is proof of, well, nothing really. A jury that hasn't yet heard his case can presume that he's innocent. The rest of us are, I think, allowed to use our common sense and our experience of human nature.
There were only two people there and they each tell a different story. So it's down to instinct and logic who you believe.
To me, it's clearcut. If some dirty old creeper starts cheating on his girlfriend with that girlfriend's teen-aged daughter, even if it's somehow legal, I don't think that guy has any credibility as a decent human being. I couldn't give a crap about Mia Farrow as an actress and I used to love the old 1960s era Woody Allen films but once I heard about his carrying-on with Soon-yi, I was done. I had no interest in watching his films or seeing his ugly face ever again. There are billions of people in the world. Half of them are women. A decent person doesn't decide to mess around with his long-term girlfriend's much younger daughter. It's just cruel. It's one thing to break up with a woman, and it's quite another to destroy her entire family by cheating on her with her own daughter.
So, yah, I don't believe Woody, a proven liar and a cheat, and I've got no use for him frankly. I don't blame Dylan for asking why people work with him. I wonder the same thing. Cate Blanchett doesn't have enough money?
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