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Woody Allen Responds One Last Time to Dylan Farrow's Sexual Molestation Accusations

Woody Allen Responds One Last Time to Dylan Farrow's Sexual Molestation Accusations

Woody Allen has written an op-ed for the New York Times where he tells his entire version of what his story against the allegations that he sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow.

Mia [Farrow] insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. Dylan told the doctor she had not been molested,” the 78-year-old director wrote. “Mia then took Dylan out for ice cream, and when she came back with her the child had changed her story.”

“Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?” Woody added.

“Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being,” Woody continued.

In the letter, Woody says this will be his final word on the subject. He also discusses the very controversial topic involving Ronan Farrow‘s real biological father – him or Frank Sinatra.

Click inside to read the letter in its entirety…

TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.

I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct. Now, suddenly, when I had driven up to her house in Connecticut one afternoon to visit the kids for a few hours, when I would be on my raging adversary’s home turf, with half a dozen people present, when I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry — that I would pick this moment in time to embark on a career as a child molester should seem to the most skeptical mind highly unlikely. The sheer illogic of such a crazy scenario seemed to me dispositive.

Notwithstanding, Mia insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. Dylan told the doctor she had not been molested. Mia then took Dylan out for ice cream, and when she came back with her the child had changed her story. The police began their investigation; a possible indictment hung in the balance. I very willingly took a lie-detector test and of course passed because I had nothing to hide. I asked Mia to take one and she wouldn’t. Last week a woman named Stacey Nelkin, whom I had dated many years ago, came forward to the press to tell them that when Mia and I first had our custody battle 21 years ago, Mia had wanted her to testify that she had been underage when I was dating her, despite the fact this was untrue. Stacey refused. I include this anecdote so we all know what kind of character we are dealing with here. One can imagine in learning this why she wouldn’t take a lie-detector test.

Meanwhile the Connecticut police turned for help to a special investigative unit they relied on in such cases, the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. This group of impartial, experienced men and women whom the district attorney looked to for guidance as to whether to prosecute, spent months doing a meticulous investigation, interviewing everyone concerned, and checking every piece of evidence. Finally they wrote their conclusion which I quote here: “It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen. Further, we believe that Dylan’s statements on videotape and her statements to us during our evaluation do not refer to actual events that occurred to her on August 4th, 1992… In developing our opinion we considered three hypotheses to explain Dylan’s statements. First, that Dylan’s statements were true and that Mr. Allen had sexually abused her; second, that Dylan’s statements were not true but were made up by an emotionally vulnerable child who was caught up in a disturbed family and who was responding to the stresses in the family; and third, that Dylan was coached or influenced by her mother, Ms. Farrow. While we can conclude that Dylan was not sexually abused, we can not be definite about whether the second formulation by itself or the third formulation by itself is true. We believe that it is more likely that a combination of these two formulations best explains Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse.”

Could it be any clearer? Mr. Allen did not abuse Dylan; most likely a vulnerable, stressed-out 7-year-old was coached by Mia Farrow. This conclusion disappointed a number of people. The district attorney was champing at the bit to prosecute a celebrity case, and Justice Elliott Wilk, the custody judge, wrote a very irresponsible opinion saying when it came to the molestation, “we will probably never know what occurred.”

But we did know because it had been determined and there was no equivocation about the fact that no abuse had taken place. Justice Wilk was quite rough on me and never approved of my relationship with Soon-Yi, Mia’s adopted daughter, who was then in her early 20s. He thought of me as an older man exploiting a much younger woman, which outraged Mia as improper despite the fact she had dated a much older Frank Sinatra when she was 19. In fairness to Justice Wilk, the public felt the same dismay over Soon-Yi and myself, but despite what it looked like our feelings were authentic and we’ve been happily married for 16 years with two great kids, both adopted. (Incidentally, coming on the heels of the media circus and false accusations, Soon-Yi and I were extra carefully scrutinized by both the adoption agency and adoption courts, and everyone blessed our adoptions.)

Mia took custody of the children and we went our separate ways.

I was heartbroken. Moses was angry with me. Ronan I didn’t know well because Mia would never let me get close to him from the moment he was born and Dylan, whom I adored and was very close to and about whom Mia called my sister in a rage and said, “He took my daughter, now I’ll take his.” I never saw her again nor was I able to speak with her no matter how hard I tried. I still loved her deeply, and felt guilty that by falling in love with Soon-Yi I had put her in the position of being used as a pawn for revenge. Soon-Yi and I made countless attempts to see Dylan but Mia blocked them all, spitefully knowing how much we both loved her but totally indifferent to the pain and damage she was causing the little girl merely to appease her own vindictiveness.

Here I quote Moses Farrow, 14 at the time: “My mother drummed it into me to hate my father for tearing apart the family and sexually molesting my sister.” Moses is now 36 years old and a family therapist by profession. “Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” he said. “She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him.” Dylan was 7, Ronan 4, and this was, according to Moses, the steady narrative year after year.

I pause here for a quick word on the Ronan situation. Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s? Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say? That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank’s, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years. Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank’s son? Again, I want to call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that.

NOW it’s 21 years later and Dylan has come forward with the accusations that the Yale experts investigated and found false. Plus a few little added creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement.

Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root? Is it any wonder the experts at Yale had picked up the maternal coaching aspect 21 years ago? Even the venue where the fabricated molestation was supposed to have taken place was poorly chosen but interesting. Mia chose the attic of her country house, a place she should have realized I’d never go to because it is a tiny, cramped, enclosed spot where one can hardly stand up and I’m a major claustrophobe. The one or two times she asked me to come in there to look at something, I did, but quickly had to run out. Undoubtedly the attic idea came to her from the Dory Previn song, “With My Daddy in the Attic.” It was on the same record as the song Dory Previn had written about Mia’s betraying their friendship by insidiously stealing her husband, André, “Beware of Young Girls.” One must ask, did Dylan even write the letter or was it at least guided by her mother? Does the letter really benefit Dylan or does it simply advance her mother’s shabby agenda? That is to hurt me with a smear. There is even a lame attempt to do professional damage by trying to involve movie stars, which smells a lot more like Mia than Dylan.

After all, if speaking out was really a necessity for Dylan, she had already spoken out months earlier in Vanity Fair. Here I quote Moses Farrow again: “Knowing that my mother often used us as pawns, I cannot trust anything that is said or written from anyone in the family.” Finally, does Mia herself really even believe I molested her daughter? Common sense must ask: Would a mother who thought her 7-year-old daughter was sexually abused by a molester (a pretty horrific crime), give consent for a film clip of her to be used to honor the molester at the Golden Globes?

Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being. Being taught to hate your father and made to believe he molested you has already taken a psychological toll on this lovely young woman, and Soon-Yi and I are both hoping that one day she will understand who has really made her a victim and reconnect with us, as Moses has, in a loving, productive way. No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing. (This piece will be my final word on this entire matter and no one will be responding on my behalf to any further comments on it by any party. Enough people have been hurt.)

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Diaper Butt Kim K. @ 02/08/2014 at 10:57 pm

Can Woody sue them for defamation of character?? If Dylan is sincere file a civil case and take his ass to court with whatever evidence you have, otherwise this public shaming needs to cease!

One law for the money jews, another for the goyim.

Firstly, Soon-Yi was never his daughter. She was adopted by Mia and Andre Previn. Andre is her adopted father, Woody never was. Soon-Yi also was NOT a teenager at the time they started dating. She was in her early 20s. Older than when Mia started a relationship with Frank Sinatra (who was still technically in her teens). Granted it is unusual, to say the least, that they started a relationship under those circumstances.
Secondly, everyone saying there’s enough truth out there to support Dylan’s accusations, where are you getting those “facts” from? Mia. And Dylan who appears to be continuously coerced by Mia. There are documented sources about where Woody was and what he was doing all through that time period. Not to mention the investigation. And Dylan’s going back and forth with her story. Children are not stupid and know the difference between truth and lies though are very easily influenced by mothers. Children who are abused show signs. It seems Dylan never did before that day.
I am more inclined to believe Woody’s story not just because of his statement but because there are many correlating his. Mia refused to take a lie detector test when she should have been most willing and the person with the least to hide. She claims to be a staunch supporter of child abuse victims yet we never hear her say a word about her brother who is currently in prison for child molestation. Nor about her continued support of director and close friend Roman Polanski who WAS convicted and deported for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Not to mention she did have to give her permission for the clip of her to be used in Woody’s honorary award reel. Which why would a mother allow her face to be used to honor the man she is claiming molested her daughter?? So she can get more publicity and her face is out there in the media once again.
Mia strikes me as vindictive and spiteful and not trustworthy because of all the actual facts that are easily found but people seem perfectly fine being ignorant about.
Child abuse should never be taken lightly nor should it be used to destroy someone’s life who could very easily be innocent.

K. I believe her but on a lighter note- if the dr said she was not molested and wrong…we can only assume what we already know to be true by Woody dating children. That he is missing what normal men have. I would like to hear about his exam.

@Elle r u saying its ok for him to have sex with his n soon his children? They’re both adopted. N they have a look like they are being molested.

I believe him and I feel really bad for Dylan. She has been through enough. I wish her peace and happiness.

He’s a ****** old man. If Mia cheated on him with Frank, well, at least Frank wasn’t Woody’s son. Mia was wrong to cheat yes but…she wasn’t cheating with Woody’s child.

Woody committed the grave sin of sleeping with Mia’s daughter and then leaving Mia for her. You don’t do that to people you supposedly love. Of course Mia would be bitter.

Woody is plain stupid. You don’t EVER date a girl who is the best friend of your ex or the child of your current gf/live in. When others who in the same circle of close friends and family are around, you don’t date them. Stay away until you break up with the other one and THEN make your move.

I think Dylan is telling the truth. Look at the cost of her truth vs his right now. She’s putting her entire reputation on the line. One of them is lying and I think it’s him based on his undying skankitude.

@jakson: Did you even read what I wrote? Or for that matter understand it? And I’m not exactly sure what you’re saying here: “with his n soon his children”. Are you accusing him of abusing his two adopted daughters that he has with Soon-Yi? What evidence do you have of that?

I had suspected Woody Allen all these years, though I knew for decades Mia is off balance. (Anyone old enough to remember her famous hair chop manuever to get Frank Sinatra’s attention?) In spite of her move on Andre Previn, in spite of her other actions, I believed her child, and wanted to think ill of Woody. Mia convinced me of Allen’s innocence when out of the blue, playfully mentioned Woody’s and her son might be Frank’s afterall. That act showed an eggregious disconnect from reality on her part. And to make sense of her poor judgement, I figured she was drunk tweeting. Evenso, not right Mia! Your children are not dolls in your playhouse! Not right!

Dylan Farrow needs to address her own mother about her unyielding support of convicted child molesters Roman Polanski and her John Villers-Farrow (Mia’s brother). Or why Mia Farrow may have lied for over 20 yrs that Ronan Farrow may not be Woody Allen’s biological son. Or that her mother authorized The Purple Rose of Cairo clip be used at the Golden Globe tribute and then turned around and blamed Hollywood. As well as Mia Farrow’s rant with her Voodoo Valentine to Woody Allen.

Re. Woody Allen & Dylan
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There are various take on the controversy. I read an interesting comment posted I found from another site… Let me share this to anyone who is interested:
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“Kiddo says:
February 9, 2014 at 9:02 am
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While I never intended to comment on this again because it is gut-wrenchingly sickening, and I am powerless to create resolve, I do feel motivated to say this: The man takes no responsibility for any harm he caused the family and it appears that he is devoid of true empathy and self retrospection.
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Even if Mia was cheating with Frank at the time, Frank was outside of the family unit. Woody didn’t know about it. Woody proceeded to embark on a sexual relationship with a member of the family that, although he has stated he didn’t raise, he was surely aware of since she was a small child, and he was aware that she shared siblings with the other children that he either fathered or adopted.
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“I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry”. His framing of this relationship, with one of the siblings of his children, and the daughter of the woman for which he had a committed enough relationship that he made legal their shared parentage of children, as a completely innocent endeavor, is astonishingly tone deaf and demonstrably narcissistic. He acknowledges no impact outside of what it meant for his own desires. Even with all of the time that has passed, even if he remains with his wife, and even if Mia is the craziest woman to ever exist on the planet, he still can’t accept any wrong-doing, harm, or grossly inappropriate crossing of boundaries. He sees his relationship with Soon Yi in a vacuum, for his own purposes and pleasure, with no regard for other people it affected. Not even his own children. Not even after contemplation does he have a revelation that his actions set in motion the entire set of circumstances, even if I am to accept that he isn’t a molester.
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He needn’t have apologized for his present day marriage, but he sure as hell could have analyzed his own decisions made with arrogant selfishness, years ago, that obliterated this family unit. There was not one apology for the harm that he caused, not to Mia, not to the other children, not to Soon Yi, who also lost siblings in the aftermath. He pens himself as a guiltless victim of other people’s malignant personalities and motives, much like how he might write himself as a character in a script.
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If for nothing else, even if I leave for suspension of disbelief as to him not being a child molester, I find him revolting for being callous and self-serving, with a life truly unexamined. His ignorance, responding in the manner that he did, perpetuating and even fueling a feud with Mia, should also be noted, in contrast to whatever brilliance he is routinely credited with. He threw kerosene on a flame and offered no contrition, even in the smallest degree. He mentions that there is pain, but accepts no burden of it. He is intellectually dishonest in his assessment of personal culpability, which then calls into question everything that he defends or advances. I’m done. “

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Just so everyone knows, it is extremely typical for the abuser in this sort of situation to blame the mother in this way and deny everything. His response is absolutely textbook. Also abusers like this rarely if ever stop, or have gender preference, they just abuse children when they have the opportunity ( or when they create the opportunity)… I wonder if something happened to Mose as well and it’s too hard for him to face? People do just black it out because it is too painful.
It is also typical for the survivor to take a long time to heal and have the courage to stand up, which fits Dylan coming out with this 20 years later. It’s a shame that she has to go through not only the betrayl of family that occurs in these abuse cases but also the general public that sides with her abuser and celebrates him, that would be very difficult!
Also interesting coincidence that he has known Soon Yi since she was 8 years old … And he had a secret relationship with her while with Mia…

i don’t think he needed to say he was sorry . His op-ed was only for the purpose of defending himself in this current situation which he has a right to do.
I am sure in private with moses and those willing to listen he might say those things.
he doesnt owe the public that. Does Mia need to say sorry to Barbara for cheating with Frank in public? Be consistent.

inthenameofthechild @ 02/09/2014 at 1:31 pm

If you all try to just imagine all this graphic pictures of a 52 year old man taking nude pictures of a 16-17 years old (not even 18-19, and who knows when it started) adopted girl to whom he had access. Luring her in his sexual fantasies and offering and imposing on her his decayed, ugly and old body, you will all be disgusted. But you do not want to do that, it is too ugly. The same way these innocent young people block it from their memories for a long time. Wait until that same young girl, now his wife, unblocks her own memories one day. It is way too ugly, and you, who defend him, are all very nice people and you do not like ugliness. It is easy for you to find ways to just OK it. This makes you so special and so open minded that you can OK it, as long as it does not happen to you. Or, may be, you are so open minded, that you will like it, done to you by such a famous director.
This girl is absolutely right to ask all these stars and to ask all of you adults posting here “ What if it was your kid?”
You bring all kind of stories about adults who did not do what he has done, just to OK it. You bring the fact that Mia Farrow’s brother is in jail. Well, he is paying properly for what he has done. Will WA pay for it too?
The victims need your support, not your “Oh, it was OK”.
But, why I am surprised by your reactions? Who were in the pedophile rings busted last year? Did I forget that they were teachers, youth workers, social workers, police, movie industry people. People that we all are supposed to trust.
If justice is blind, the people for whom kids are the most precious thing in this world have all the right to express their disgust.
Like many others, I am disgusted.

She was 20. And for your information – Mia Farrow was 19 years old, when she dated much much older Frank Sinatra.

inthenameofthechild @ 02/09/2014 at 2:06 pm

No, she wasn’t 20, you just want to say “Oh, it was OK.”. You make the world a really scary place for kids and young people.

VF is not gospel. Both sides show the “facts” that suit their side better. If he was guilty mia would have insisted he be prosecuted at the time.

No.129; Dating teenagers is a lot of fun…

groundcontrol @ 02/09/2014 at 3:17 pm

@inthenameofthechild:
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Sorry but you cannot “block” and “unblock” “memories” as you suggest. The mind, the brain, memory does not function like that. What people are retrieving at a later time is colored by everything their mind and senses have been exposed to including the poisonous rantings of a mother hell-bent on extracting revenge on her ex and destroying his life.
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Before these allegations were ever made, the Farrow household was full of Mia’s rage against Woody and Soon Yi. The children, including Dylan, were exposed to Mia’s rages against Woody including calling him a child molester for having the affair with Soon Yi, physically beating the crap out of Soon Yi with a telephone, creating messages to Woody like the Valentine’s card and other signs and collages complete with pictures of the family calling Woody a child molester. And NONE of this had anything to do with accusations of Woody molesting Dylan.
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Woody’s alleged “inappropriate” behavior toward Dylan was never about it being sexual.
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The child abuse allegations came AFTER Dylan and the entire farrow household had been subjected to Mia’s rage against Woody from January 1992 until the allegations were made in August 1992. I cannot even imagine what fears and anger were instilled in the minds of the children in that household. Couple that with the children witnessing what Mia did to Soon Yi and anyone who disagreed with her and you have a perfect petri dish for the creation of false accusations as well as Mia-instilled hatred and fear of Woody. The guy didn’t stand a chance with his children given that environment.
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Anyone who brings up what a babysitter says needs to also bring up the fact that the other babysitter said back then and still says that Mia tried to get her to lie about the events of the day of the alleged abuse and to lie about other factors to make Mia look good and Woody bad. This other babysitter quit rather than be subjected to Mia’s attempts to get her to lie under oath. As far as evidence goes if there is evidence of such actions on Mia’s part toward one babysitter then a jury can consider that Mia did the same with the other babysitter who made claims that supported Mia and hurt Woody. So the babysitter that Mia defenders like to cite has serious credibility issues.
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I have to laugh at those who think that the Vanity Fair list of supposed 10 undeniable facts in the case actually accept this as fact. Vanity Fair and Maureen Orth took a side a long time ago and have stuck to their side. They got their info from Mia and her team. The article was told from Mia and Dylan’s POV. It has nothing g to do with objectivity.
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I would also note that every single one of those supposed “undeniable facts” is subject to interpretation and further explanation. It is a list cherry picked to put Mia’s and Dylan’s versions in the best light and Woody’s in the worst.
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There is nothing new to this story. After a 14 month investigation there was not enough to take to a judge to get an arrest warrant nor was there enough to take to a Grand Jury to seek an indictment (formal charges). Asa criminal lawyer I cannot tell you how easy it is to get charges formally made or to get an arrest warrant. Nor is it the role of the prosecutor to declare if there is probable cause – probable cause is determined by a judicial officer or a grand jury. The prosecutor may have an opinion about it but that is all it is. That opinion must be endorsed by a judge or a grand jury for it to have any legal meaning.
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I am also perplexed by those who want to suggest that Woody is lying about Mia’s refusal to take a lie detector test just because she was not asked by the prosecutor. I am sure Woody’s team asked her to take one and there are other entities that may have wanted her to take one. That Mia would not take one is very curious to me. You’d think she’d do whatever she could to help the case.
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Further why didn’t the prosecutor ask Mia to take a polygraph? Is it because he had made his mind up and didn’t want anything like indicators that Mia was lying about implanting memories or what Dylan actually said initially to ruin his case?
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This case was thoroughly investigated 20 years ago. There is no new evidence. This should have been properly left alone.

i hope you are posting this other places as well where people tend to take Maureen O as the final word.

inthenameofthechild @ 02/09/2014 at 3:33 pm

Oh, please, what you just wrote, have been already posted. Not news from you who pretends to be an expert. You are not, and you do not even deserve to be told why. You know it yourself and you know why you continue to OK it.

groundcontrol @ 02/09/2014 at 3:42 pm

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i hope you are posting this other places as well where people tend to take Maureen O as the final word.
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I’m not. There’s even more to say but I am tired of all the posters who think they understand how these cases work when they don’t. They are handicapped by a lack of knowledge and understanding that doesn’t deter them from proclaiming their opinion as fact when it is mostly nothing more than their own emotional take on it.
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Reading a legal opinion and reciting it, often incorrectly, when you are not trained to do so doesn’t add to their arguments either.
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People can believe what they want. They do this about lots of celebrities and public figures. They pick and choose which celebrities they want to believe unproven gossip about depending on who they like or dislike. When it comes to such heinous allegations against someone I cannot play this gossip game. It is distasteful, wrong and immoral. It’s wrong, just wrong.

groundcontrol @ 02/09/2014 at 3:45 pm

@inthenameofthechild:
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You’re just this side of totally out to lunch with your silly suggestions. Your innuendoes are amusing but your name says it all. You have an agenda and that says all one needs to know about you.
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I anticipate the day this child molesting old swine dies!

I hope Dylan defecates on his corpse, giving him all the glory he deserves!

Woody Allen is a pig, a disgrace, and all associated with him should be hung and gutted!

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