"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
As a former detective who's investigated numerous complaints of child molestation I can tell you that I have serious reservations about this accusation. Primarily because an independent team of investigators retained by the State Police found no evidence of molestation at the time of the crime. Not only did they find no evidence, they believed the girl was coached by her mother. I have been in the position of the investigator that had to examine heart wrenching victim statements and want to stomp a guys skull in...only to find out that the whole thing was a lie. If you tell a lie enough times you may just start to believe it. If it is reinforced enough times you may just start to believe it. And maybe Dylan believes she is telling the truth. At age 7 children are very vulnerable to suggestion from their parents. I've seen it happen in nasty custody feuds more than once. Manufactured accusations of physical/sexual abuse. It's not uncommon.
Everyone always wants to err on the side of caution in these cases and believe the victim, and well they should. At first. But once the evidence is examined and it's found to be not true then you have to put your bias aside. Because the evidence is the evidence. It doesn't matter if her words convince you personally, you must, absolutely must, take into account all of the evidence. Or lack thereof. Someone else's life is riding on this, not just the supposed victim. And an accusation of child molestation, whether true or not, lives with you for many, many years.
You always approach these cases as if the victim is telling the truth and then you investigate it as thoroughly as possible. But in the end you must yield to the facts. You don't destroy a person simply because the accusers story really, really seems convincing. People are fantastic at lying. As to the prosecutor saying he thought he had probable cause to arrest, that's all fine and good. I've arrested on probable cause that was enough to put a guy in jail and buy me time to finish an investigation. A good victim statement can be considered probable cause. Doesn't mean you have enough evidence to convict a person. Just means there is enough to warrant arresting someone on good faith that they are the perpetrator of a crime. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is something else entirely, and that is what matters.
Unless someone can show me where the police and the sexual abuse investigators made a huge error in this case I have no choice but to presume Allen is innocent, no matter how strongly written this woman's statement may be. People accuse others of terrible things every day, doesn't mean the allegations are true.
That being said, if somehow new evidence is brought to light that proves he did it then he needs to go to jail. I'll reserve judgement on this until this new investigation (if there really is one) is concluded.
Last edited by Lerxst; 02-05-14 at 02:31 PM.
Eh he's a creepy guy and I don't particularly like his movies or his sense of humor - call me a troglodyte - but I don't think he's a pedo. The allegations were apparently seriously investigated and eventually dismissed.
The statute of limitations has expired. It's a done deal as far as I'm concerned.
As far as Soon-Yi goes, that's creepy but the world is full of people doing things I consider creepy (anyone remember Bill Wyman and his son??) but that doesn't make them illegal or even immoral. Soo-Yi was not legally
related to him under the laws of any state in the United States and to all accounts he didn't have a paternal role in her life. I still think it's weird but who am I to judge - they're married
15 - 16 years and appear happy enough so they must be doing something right.
Quo usque tandem abutere, Trump, patientia nostra?
And as far as the whole "he has had sex with his step daughter and married her therefore he is a perverted child molesting creep"...I can't go along with that. Soon Yi Previn was never his step daughter, there is no blood relationship between the two. Farrow and Allen were never married. She was the product of Farrow's previous relationship. Allen didn't adopt her and he didn't raise her in his home as a parental figure.
Sure, when you say a stepfather had sex with his step daughter it sounds gross and creepy. But I just don't think that's an accurate description of the relationship. At 45 would I have sex with a 20 year old? No...I wouldn't. I have daughters older than that and that would be on my mind. Some men however have no issues with age difference like that. To each his own. I would have avoided that relationship out of respect for Farrow and the other children as it would surely cause some uncomfortable feelings. But it's not like he was molesting his actual daughter or step daughter. They were two consenting, non related adults having a sexual relationship that eventually turned into a strong marriage.
Do I approve of it? No. But I also don't disapprove of it. I just don't care because once the hyperbole is stripped away it's just not a big deal.
And...I didn't vote because a choice describing my position isn't listed in the poll.