When researching the Woody Allen controversy regarding the disputed allegations that he sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow, it is always best to read the first-hand, original reporting from the early 1990s, rather than rely on distorted, misleading and incomplete summaries that have germinated decades later. The new, repackaged summaries often leave out or forget critical facts.

In that vein, I have attempted to compile a list of original sources that will give the reader a better sense of how the controversy was covered when it originally happened, as well as later essays or compendiums that at least attempt to…

What was originally crafted as a paean to late-1960s Hollywood now serves as an elegy for pre-2020 America.

[** Spoiler alerts ahead for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood **]

A great work of art is not only assessed in the context of when it was created, but it’s also reassessed with regards to how it still speaks to subsequent generations and how it reflects upon the later eras which it endures in.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has been the recipient of wide-ranging praise, both for its engaging storyline, as well as its vivid recreation of Southern California as it existed in the late 1960s.

The film concerns…

(Bill Clinton and Juanita Broaddrick)

When people try to discredit or discount the claims of Juanita Broaddrick in her allegations that she was brutally raped by then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton in April of 1978, her critics point to the fact that she originally swore under oath in a legal affidavit that any “rumors” or “stories” that Clinton had made “unwelcome sexual advances” towards her were “unfounded” and denied the allegation.

She reiterated this denial, again under oath, in a legal deposition conducted by the attorneys for Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton in January 1998.

After unsuccessfully contesting her subpoena…

There have been many shameful attempts by Bill Clinton’s defenders to try and dismiss and distort the claims made by Juanita Broaddrick that she was raped by then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton in 1978, but few more so than the very disingenuous op-ed written by Bill Press, who served as chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996 (during Bill Clinton’s administration).

Bill Press

Press’s op-ed is chock full of lies, distortions and embarrassing instances of conspiracy theories, cognitive dissonance and self-delusions.

He hastily wrote his essay the day after NBC News aired an explosive interview with Broaddrick that aired…

Photographic Lies — Part I

There have been many falsehoods and distortions made about the controversies concerning Woody Allen. But among the most pernicious is the penchant for Allen’s critics to post misleading pictures of Allen and his daughters in order to support their belief that Allen must be a pedophile.

They often begin by stating outright falsehoods that Woody Allen “married his daughter”, when nothing could be further from the truth. Allen married Soon-Yi Previn, who was not his daughter. She was not his biological daughter, nor his adopted daughter, nor his stepdaughter. She was not his daughter in…

There have been many falsehoods and distortions made about the controversies concerning Woody Allen. But among the most pernicious is the penchant for Allen’s critics to post misleading pictures of Allen and his daughters in order to support their belief that Allen must be a pedophile.

They often begin by stating outright falsehoods that Woody Allen “married his daughter”, when nothing could be further from the truth. Allen married Soon-Yi Previn, who was not his daughter. She was not his biological daughter, nor his adopted daughter, nor his stepdaughter. She was not his daughter in any way, shape or form…

With my Daddy in the attic,
That is where my being wants to bed…
With the door closed on my mama and my sibling competition,
And my Shirley Temple doll that truly cries…
With my Daddy in the attic,
That is where my dark attraction lies…
In the terrifying nearness of his eyes,
With no window spying neighbors,
And no husbands in the future,
To intrude upon our attic,
Past the stair where we’ll live on…
And he’ll play his clarinet when I despair,
With my Daddy in the attic,
With my Daddy in the attic…

[Selected excerpts from the…

This is an excerpt of a larger and more complete essay that debunks Maureen Orth’s false and misleading article “10 Undeniable Facts About The Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation”. This particular section focuses on Orth’s first claim — That Mia Farrow first took her daughter to a doctor who was bound by law to contact the police, rather than her going to the police directly herself.

Here is Orth’s precise contention as stated in her article:

1. Mia never went to the police about the allegation of sexual abuse. Her lawyer told her on August 5, 1992, to take the seven-year-old…

This is an excerpt of a larger and more complete essay that debunks Maureen Orth’s false and misleading article “10 Undeniable Facts About The Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation”. This particular section focuses on Orth’s tenth claim — That she is not friends with Mia Farrow, never made a deal with her, and is therefore presumably not at all biased in her assessment of the Woody Allen controversy regarding the allegations that he sexually abused his daughter Dylan.

Here is Orth’s precise contention as stated in her article:

10. I am not a longtime friend of Mia Farrow’s, and I did…

This is an excerpt of a larger and more complete essay that debunks Maureen Orth’s false and misleading article “10 Undeniable Facts About The Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation”. This particular section focuses on Orth’s ninth claim — that a Connecticut State prosecutor publicly said that he had “probable cause” to press charges against Allen, but declined to so out of his concern for Dylan Farrow.

Here is Orth’s precise contention as stated in her article:

9. The state attorney, Maco, said publicly he did have probable cause to press charges against Allen but declined, due to the fragility of the…

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