We know that most false claims of child sex abuse occur in child custody disputes in which a child is coached by one of the litigants.
We know that a seven year-old child can be coached into imagining and believing events have occurred when in fact they have not.
We know that Mia Farrow and Woody Allen parted after Farrow discovered the ongoing sexual relationship between Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter (with ex-husband André Previn).
We know Soon-Yi Previn was nineteen to twenty-one years old when Allen started seeing her, and that they eventually began a twenty-plus year marital relationship. (And there are significant differences between a seven year-old girl and a twenty-one year-old woman.)
We know that in August of 1992, Allen sued for full custody of his three children with Farrow, claiming that Farrow had concocted the story of Allen’s sexual abuse of his daughter Dylan.
We know that Dylan and Mia Farrow’s accusations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen were thoroughly investigated by child welfare and law enforcement officials at the time, and no credible evidence of abuse was found.
We know that the testimony of the psychologists, medical examiners, babysitters, and family friends involved in the case is either inconclusive or exculpates Allen.
We know, too, that Allen’s former girlfriend Stacey Nelkin defends him, refuting both the accusations of child abuse and the more obtuse allegations that Allen habitually acted as though he wished to seduce his daughter.
We know that there are many false claims and distortions being made in the media and by the public about all of these events.
We know many of those in the media and the public are turning this case into an emotion-fueled, irrational public execution. I say “irrational” because most of the facts now being presented in the media are inaccurate. Some are claiming, for instance, that Allen and Farrow were married; in fact, they were never married. Those making such claims, or similarly inaccurate ones, should check up on the background of the events now being discussed before commenting here and making misleading claims. (So please post reliable and verifiable links to any claims you choose to make in this space, not mere hearsay or other self-serving comments made by Mia, Dylan, or Ronan Farrow. And remember that probable cause for conducting an investigation or trial does not determine guilt, no matter what the raging horde claims.)
Notably, Dylan’s brother Moses is one of Allen’s foremost defenders, saying in a recent interview, “Of course Woody didn’t molest my sister.” It’s also worth noting that Allen passed a polygraph test relating to the allegations made against him, even as one of his accusers, Mia Farrow, has refused to take one.
All the facts I’ve stated above are true, even as much of what passes for discussion of the allegations against Allen comprises rank falsehoods. If you wish to understand the facts of this story, and excuse yourself from the media execution of Woody Allen, you can find salient facts here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/27/the-woody-allen-allegations-not-so-fast.html.
–C.M. Rosko/The Nation