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Sunday, February 9, 2014

10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation | Vanity Fair

This week, a number of commentators have published articles containing incorrect and irresponsible claims regarding the allegation of Woody Allen’s having sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. As the author of two lengthy, heavily researched and thoroughly fact-checked articles that deal with that allegation—the first published in 1992, when Dylan was seven, and the second last fall, when she was 28—I feel obliged to set the record straight. As such, I have compiled the following list of undeniable facts:


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"The state prosecutor, Frank Maco, engaged the Yale-New Haven team to determine whether Dylan would be able to perceive facts correctly and be able to repeat her story on the witness stand. The panel consisted of two social workers and a pediatrician, Dr. John Leventhal, who signed off on the report but who never saw Dylan or Mia Farrow. No psychologists or psychiatrists were on the panel." As a lawyer, Mr Smith, what do you make of that?

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 9, 2014 11:43:50 AM

This is not my area of law and I have no expertise in this matter, but of course that doesn't stop me from having an opinion. I would say the panel seems pretty unqualified to render an opinion on the veracity of Dylan. Of course, psychologists and psychiatrists would be equally unqualified but for different reasons.

Posted by: Tom Smith | Feb 10, 2014 12:02:41 PM