The Woody Allen Controversy Reader: (6) Debunking Maureen Orth’s “Undeniable Facts About The Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation” — Examining The Statements of The So-Called Witnesses To Allen’s Alleged Abuse

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 sixth claim — that three adults in Mia Farrow’s house on the day in question witnessed behavior and gave sworn testimony that points to Allen’s guilt regarding the allegation that he molested his daughter Dyaln.

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

6. Dylan’s claim of abuse was consistent with the testimony of three adults who were present that day. On the day of the alleged assault, a babysitter of a friend told police and gave sworn testimony that Allen and Dylan went missing for 15 or 20 minutes, while she was at the house. Another babysitter told police and also swore in court that on that same day, she saw Allen with his head on Dylan’s lap facing her body, while Dylan sat on a couch “staring vacantly in the direction of a television set.” A French tutor for the family told police and testified that that day she found Dylan was not wearing underpants under her sundress. The first babysitter also testified she did not tell Farrow that Allen and Dylan had gone missing until after Dylan made her statements. These sworn accounts contradict Moses Farrow’s recollection of that day in People magazine.

Let’s start with the critical fact that Orth purposely ignores here — the fact that Monica Thompson testified that one of these witnesses recanted her testimony.

Nanny Monica Thompson said in her sworn deposition that Kristie Groteke, Dylan’s baby-sitter, told her “that she felt guilty allowing Ms. Farrow to say those things about Mr. Allen. (Groteke) said the day Mr. Allen spent with the kids, she did not have Dylan out of her sight for longer than five minutes. She did not remember Dylan being without her underwear.”

“Ms. Farrow set the stage to report the incident involving Dylan,” Thompson charged. “For several weeks, Ms. Farrow insisted that Mr. Allen not be left alone with Dylan and wanted me to be with them at all times.”

What’s more, Groteke herself admits in her own book (“Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal”) that she told Thompson all of this, that Mia had been lying and that she didn’t remember ever leaving Dylan alone with Allen. (Groteke now claims that she only said this to “humor” Thompson, but she never denied that she said it.)

This would be the same Krisit Groteke who was coached by Farrow’s legal team for two full weeks before testifying. (See the debunking of Orth’s Claim # 2 for more details about Groteke’s coaching.)

It is also worth noting that Thompson said that Farrow pressured her to “be on her side”.

But let’s assume for the moment that Groteke hadn’t confessed to Thompson about recanting her claims and that everything they said was true and that none of it was contradicted by Moses Farrow, who was also a witness that day, as Orth concedes.

The only reason that any of this behavior is even remotely suspicious is if you assume guilt from the start. If you do not make that assumption, all of these behaviors are entirely innocuous.

That is why Groteke herself said in her book, “From my point of view, even-thing seemed normal on August 4”. She didn’t even remember Allen or Dylan as missing at the time. It wasn’t until Mia had told them about the abuse claim that they (at Farrow’s urging) retraced their steps and decided that they couldn’t account for Allen’s whereabouts for 15 or 20 minutes and had only assumed that they had been outside (despite supposedly given strict instructions by Farrow to not leave Allen alone with any of the children — a dictate that only came after she realized that Allen was having his affair with Soon-Yi).

This is the essence of a witch-hunt mentality.

Not only is the testimony both unreliable and irrelevant in establishing guilt, but it is the very presence of the babysitters and nannies that day that establishes considerable doubt about the accusations.

Let’s start by cataloguing all of the people who were there at Mia’s house that day (August 4, 1992):

Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen
Satchel (Ronan) Farrow
Casey Pascal’s three children (Pascal was a childhood friend of Mia Farrow’s)
Alison Stickland (babysitter to Casey Pascal’s three children)
Kristi Groteke (nanny to Mia Farrow’s children)
Sophie Berge (babysitter and French tutor to Farrow’s children)
Moses Farrow *
Casey Pascal (?) **

(* Moses insists he was there and recollects that “there were six or seven of us in the house”, though Mia claims in her memoirs that Moses had been out of the house walking outside by himself at the time. How she would know that is unclear, since she herself admits to being gone shopping with her children Tam and Isaiah. As a result, its rational to conclude that Moses was there, absent other sources that can place him outside for the entirety of the afternoon.)

(** Kristi Groteke claims Casey Pascal herself was with them in house that afternoon, as recounted in pgs. 128–129 of “Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal”, though other sources claim that Pascal had actually joined Farrow to go shopping, including pg. 10 of the court ruling that awarded Farrow custody in her dispute with Allen. The interesting discrepancy casts doubt on either Groteke’s account or the court’s own account of what transpired that day.)

At the very least, everyone is in agreement that there were at least three other adults and four other children in the house at the time besides Dylan and Allen themselves (even if you choose to discount the notion that Moses was there too).

And as Orth herself boasts, the babysitters were expressly put on warning and told not to leave Allen alone with Dylan. (See the Claim # 2 section above which describes when and just how closely Allen was being watched after Farrow discovered his affair with Soon-Yi, and how Allen was fully aware of the suspicion he was put under as a form of punishment for his affair.)

This is the scenario that you would have to believe in order to find the allegations against Allen to be credible: That Allen, for the first and only time in his life, decided to molest his daughter in a very short window of time (less than 20 minutes) when the house was full of people — including three adults who were already told to be on guard and view Allen with suspicion.

(Curiously, Farrow did not take any steps to prevent Allen from entering her house altogether on that date, despite the fact that she allegedly considered him to already be a threat and knew that he would be visiting that day. These facts only makes sense in the context of her wanting him to be around her kids for the express purpose of setting him up and concocting the allegations.)

Others have pointed out how ridiculous this scenario is on its face.

Allen himself testified that he merely went to the bathroom during the disputed time. Since this is the only time that Groteke couldn’t account for his whereabouts, you would have to not only believe in the ridiculous scenario of Allen using a short window of less than 20 minutes in a house full of suspicious people to quickly molest his daughter for the first and only time in his life (knowing that his career and life would be over if he was caught), but you would also have to believe that he never went to the bathroom once during his visit (unless you want to postulate that he both went to the bathroom and then quickly dragged Dylan up to the attic crawlspace without her crying or anyone noticing, and then molesting her before returning just as quickly and stealthily — all in less than 20 minutes).

“On the day of the alleged assault, a babysitter of a friend told police and gave sworn testimony that Allen and Dylan went missing for 15 or 20 minutes, while she was at the house.”

This is false, since the babysitter never spoke to the police or gave any sworn testimony the day of the alleged assault — only weeks and months afterwards. The day of the alleged assault (August 4, 1992), nobody spoke to the police, least of all Mia Farrow. She was too busy trying to videotape Dylan into confessing that she had been abused — a process that took two or three days with many fits and starts since Dylan wouldn’t cooperate.

As Orth herself points out, the police hadn’t even been contacted until after Mia took Dylan to her second doctor visit (the second visit being necessary since Dylan refused to make any claim of abuse the first time after no physical indications of abuse had been found). (See Claim # 1 section above.)

So instead of the obvious falsehood that “On the day of the alleged assault, a babysitter of a friend told police and gave sworn testimony that Allen and Dylan went missing for 15 or 20 minutes, while she was at the house” what Orth should have written is: “A babysitter, who wrote in her own book that ‘everything seemed normal’ that day, later told police and gave sworn testimony after two weeks of coaching by Farrow’s attorneys, that, on the day of the alleged assault while she was at the house, Allen and Dylan went missing for 15 or 20 minutes. She recounted this fact only after Farrow asked her to retrace her steps and pressured those working for her to be on ‘her side’.”

“Another babysitter told police and also swore in court that on that same day, she saw Allen with his head on Dylan’s lap facing her body, while Dylan sat on a couch “staring vacantly in the direction of a television set.”

The sitter, Alison Stickland, is the only one who claims to have seen this, which, if true, is proof of noting and only suspicious if you irrationally assume up front that the person kneeling is a dangerous pedophile.

Moses Farrow completely destroys the facially ridiculous notion that Allen would choose to molest Dylan in full view of everyone in house full of witnesses, as Orth implies here.

He writes: “Along with five kids, there were three adults in the house, all of whom had been told for months what a monster Woody was. None of us would have allowed Dylan to step away with Woody, even if he tried. Casey’s nanny, Alison, would later claim that she walked into the TV room and saw Woody kneeling on the floor with his head in Dylan’s lap on the couch. Really? With all of us in there? And if she had witnessed that, why wouldn’t she have said something immediately to our nanny Kristi? (I also remember some discussion of this act perhaps taking place on the staircase that led to Mia’s room. Again, this would have been in full view of anyone who entered the living room, assuming Woody managed to walk off with Dylan in the first place.) The narrative had to be changed since the only place for anyone to commit an act of depravity in private would have been in a small crawl space off my mother’s upstairs bedroom. By default, the attic became the scene of the alleged assault.”

Still not convinced of how ridiculous Orth’s argument is on its face? OK — Let’s say for the moment that we weren’t talking about Allen, but that a report had come out that Tom Hanks or Michael Landon had once knelt down to talk to his 7-year-old daughter with his head near or on her lap, facing her, while she “vacantly stared” at the nearby television set that was playing?

Would you consider this act to be so suspicious that you would thus assume that Hanks or Landon were likely pedophiles? Or would you assume that it was a concerned father who was trying to get the attention of his daughter who was too caught up in her television show?

Allen testified that his head was not in her lap, but that he had knelt down to talk to her.

There is nothing suspicious about a concerned parent kneeling down to talk to his child while she is sitting in order to get her attention — especially doing so when that person knows that the house is full of people who have been warned to keep on eye on him as punishment for dumping the owner of the house.

And furthermore, everyone is agreed that Dylan was clothed at the time — wearing a dress.

You cannot divorce either Stickland’s account nor any of the babysitters’ testimonies from the all other evidence and the larger context that they appear in.

It is also important to note that Stickland wasn’t concerned enough to tell Farrow, Pascal or anyone else about what she witnessed when Farrow had returned from her shopping trip that day. Stickland only told Pascal about it late that evening, and Pascal in turn only informed Farrow about the following day (August 5th, 1992), rather than immediately rushing to express her concern to Farrow.

By that time, Farrow, who had already branded Allen a child molester in her note to him weeks before and had previously asked the staff to watch over him like a hawk, was already asking the others to retrace their steps to see if there was any block of time when Allen was out of their sight. This was during the time when she was asking others if they would be “on her side”.

In other words, this information first came to Farrow from one of her best and most loyal friends whom she has known since childhood when she was actively and consciously trying to compile a list of any kind of behaviors that would paint Allen in the worst possible light — continuing to allow him in to her home after labeling him as a molester so that some form of remotely plausible scenario could be constructed without an alibi.

This obvious scenario was explicitly confirmed by nanny Monica Thompson, who said, “Ms. Farrow set the stage to report the incident involving Dylan. For several weeks, Ms. Farrow insisted that Mr. Allen not be left alone with Dylan and wanted me to be with them at all times.”

Question: If Farrow had never warned the staff to keep on eye on Allen, if she hadn’t already previously branded him a child molester weeks before the allegations, if she hadn’t pressured the staff to be “on her side” and try and recount the events of August 4th after the fact when she had conveniently been out shopping, if she hadn’t previously been in a such a state of suicidal rage over the Soon-Yi incident that she wrote out a suicide note to Allen before contemplating jumping off his balcony but had instead been singing Allen’s praises as a father and romantic partner, if she hadn’t previously threatened Allen by stating in anger that “you took my daughter, and I’m gonna take yours”, if she hadn’t already told a therapist that Allen was “satanic and evil” while imploring her to “find a way to stop him” before later telling others “everything is OK now — everything is set” in a “happy and excited” manner after getting a doctor to call police authorities, would any of Allen’s actions that day been considered even remotely suspicious enough for anyone to have mentioned anything about them to Farrow?

The answer is intuitively obvious.

“A French tutor for the family told police and testified that that day she found Dylan was not wearing underpants under her sundress.”

Even if we were to assume that what Sophie Berge (the French tutor) said was true and not just concocted to help Farrow after she asked her help to “be on her side” and recount anything that might have been suspicious after the fact, there is still far less here than meets the eye.

Again, in a house with a “foster home” environment full of so many young children that multiple nannies and babysitters are required to try care for them all, it is hardly unusual to find one or more such children to have forgotten to put on their underwear.

What none of the testimony establishes is if Dylan had previously had underwear on that day and if Allen had been the one to take it off. It was never established or reported if Dylan’s underwear status was observed before or after the so-called “missing 20 minutes” when Groteke and the rest of the adults in the house at the time reportedly lost track of Allen when he said he went to the bathroom.

Did Berge’s alleged observation come before these 20 minutes? If so, how could Allen have been responsible for removing Dylan’s underwear if he had been under constant observation during that time?

Again, even if the observation happened after the 20 minute window when the staff couldn’t account for Allen’s whereabouts, the notion of Dylan not having underwear on that day only becomes remotely suspicious if you assume guilt upfront. It does nothing to establish or advance the case for guilt.

Nearly every parent can remember a time in their children’s’ lives when they were seen without underwear. Just as every parent has witnessed their children regularly zoning out to a program on television or some other electronic gadget.

If this is evidence of guilt, then millions of parents need to locked up on suspicion of being child molesters.

The relevance of Berge’s testimony becomes even more curious and suspect when you consider what Kristi Groteke wrote about it. She herself voices doubts about its significance on pg. 129 of “Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal”. Groteke writes:

[M]aybe the answer to this is less sinister than it seems. Maybe Dylan’s panties had been wet or soiled from playing at the beach, and she had just chucked them under a bed or into the laundry. Or maybe when she changed clothes in the middle of the day, she simply forgot her drawers and didn’t notice that she was putting on a dress rather than sweatpants, which she often wore without undies. Still, Dylan’s missing underwear and her distracted willingness to run around half naked seemed, at best, odd. It was the first thing that Mia noticed when she returned home from shopping.

Groteke herself gives voice to the reasonable observations that nearly all parents have experienced with their children at one time or another. When young children are given the opportunity to dress themselves, they will sometimes forget to put on underwear or choose to go without it. They will also sometimes get part of their clothes dirty and choose to discard them on their own during the day. This is especially true when a household is big enough that its difficult for parents to keep track of all the children.

It also seems clear that Dylan wasn’t an especially modest child for someone her age at the time — having appeared in various stages of undress when being filmed by Farrow while making the infamous tape of her accusations.

But there are two especially notable observations that Groteke made here in her passage above:

  1. Groteke admits that Dylan often went without undies when dressing herself with certain garments like sweatpants.
  2. Groteke claims that Dylan not having any underwear on was “the first thing Mia noticed when she returned home from shopping”.

This latter point is an especially curious claim. Was it Berge who had called attention to the fact that Dylan didn’t have any underwear on? Or was it Mia herself who first noticed it? Groteke seems to claim it was the latter here.

If true, it is significant that Farrow herself was the first one to “discover” the fact that Dylan had no undies on. It is even more significant that this would be the first thing that she happened to notice when returning to a crowded, bustling house full of people, all of whom somehow failed to notice this fact.

Groteke described Dylan as wearing a “billowy white sundress” that day when it was noticed that she had no underwear on underneath it. (“Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal”, pg. 129.) But since the dress clearly would have been more than long enough to fully cover her groin region, how could it have been possible for Dylan’s lack of underwear to be the “first thing” that Farrow noticed upon her return from her shopping trip? Did she somehow look up Dylan’s dress the immediate moment that she returned home? If so, what prompted her to do something like that?

The only way it makes sense for Dylan’s lack of underwear underneath her dress to be the “first thing” that Farrow would notice is if Farrow already knew of, or concocted the situation of Dylan having no underwear to begin with, thus conveniently allowing her to make the subsequent “discovery” upon her return home and add to a growing narrative consciously designed to set up Allen ahead of time — weeks before the allegations actually occurred while Farrow and Allen had experienced a bitter split and reached an impasse over a private custody agreement.

Groteke’s account is admittedly at odds with the findings in Judge Wilk’s decision that gave full custody of Dylan to Farrow. It claims that it was actually Berge who first noticed Dylan’s underwear situation. Wilk states on pg. 11 of his ruling, “After Ms. Farrow returned home, Ms. Berge noticed that Dylan was not wearing anything under her sundress. She told Ms. Farrow, who asked Ms. Groteke to put underpants on Dylan.”

This would at least indicate that Berge first noticed the missing undies after the so-called “missing 20 minutes”, but it is still unclear how she came to notice this, given the fact that Dylan had still been wearing her dress the whole time. Had Berge managed to check to see if Dylan had been wearing her undies earlier that day when she first had the dress on? Did she somehow regularly look up Dylan’s dress to see what her underwear status was?

It seems clear that Farrow’s casual instruction to Groteke to put some underpants in her child suggests that this was not such a remarkable event in the household that it caused anyone concern at the time.

Mia’s friend Casey Pascal testified that “On the path to the house I heard Mia say, `Dylan, where are your underpants?’ and Dylan saying, `They’re wet.’ Then I heard Mia calling, `Someone get Dylan underwear.’ ” (See Newsday, April 7, 1993, pg. 3.)

This is hardly remarkable for a house full of young children.

Again, Monica Thompson said in her deposition that Groteke had told her that she (Groteke) “did not have Dylan out of her sight for longer than five minutes” and that Groteke “did not remember Dylan being without her underwear.”

In her book, Groteke does not refute anything Thompson says in her deposition and even admits that she told Thompson that “Mia must have been stretching the truth” and that she “didn’t remember leaving Dylan alone with Woody” at all. (“Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal”, pg. 126.) Though as Farrow’s friend who didn’t want to “let Mia down” (pg. 22), she tries to alleviate this truth by claiming that she was merely “playing dumb” by agreeing with Thompson and that what she told Thompson “would one day come back to haunt me.” (pg. 126.)

She further quotes Thompson (whom Groteke describes as “a large black woman of about forty” from Jamaica) as saying to her , “I don’t think anything happened. I think Mia is exaggerating. She’s trying to make you feel bad for not staying with Dylan the entire day.” (pg. 126.)

Again, you cannot divorce any specific claim, piece of evidence or testimony from the larger pool of evidence as a whole. In fact, as any investigator will tell you, it is only by evaluating evidence within the context of the case as a whole that the actual significance of evidence can be properly evaluated. An action may seem suspicious in one context, but that same exact action might seem totally innocent in another context. If you improperly assume guilt up front, you can make any number of innocent actions seem nefarious.

That is why people who assume his guilt up front even go so far as to twist Allen’s attempt to platonically encourage a young, bright, female mind as supposed “proof” that he is pedophile who regularly grooms young victims, while refusing to apply the same standards or conclusions to others who have engaged in the same behavior.

That is why people whop assume guilt up front insist on interpreting Allen’s relationship with a woman who had just reached the age of legal adulthood in New York when he was 42 as “proof” of that he is a pedophile who regularly grooms his victims, despite this woman’s own continued insistence that their relationship was proof of nothing of the sort, and despite her steadfast defense of Allen’s character.

That is why segments of society can disingenuously cite Allen’s Manhattanand his creative musings on his Id as somehow “proof” of his guilt while still praising Nabakov for his work that similarly held a mirror up to his own Id in an even more overt and shocking manner. At least some can still recognize the hypocrisy at work here.

The undeniable larger context here is this: In the weeks leading up to August 4th, 1992, Mia Farrow left a string of undeniable clues suggesting that she was of a mindset to set Allen up on a claim of child molestation in retaliation for his affair with Soon-Yi (including explicitly calling him a molester weeks before August 4th of that year), and then put her scheme into effect just a few short weeks after she determined that he had not broken off the affair, simultaneously causing negotiations over their custody arrangements to break down irretrievably.

It is the same larger context that caused Dr. Susan Coates, a psychologist who evaluated both Dylan and Ronan, to conclude that Allen hadn’t molested Dylan, despite what the babysitters said they observed.

It is the same context that caused yet another psychologist, Dr. Nancy Schultz, who also treated Dylan, to separately conclude that Allen hadn’t molested her, despite what the babysitters said they observed.

It is the same context that caused still another separate set of medical and sexual abuse professionals, the Yale-New Haven Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, to also conclude that Allen hadn’t molester her.

It is the same context that caused the New York State Department of Social Services to also separately conclude that Allen hadn’t molested her.

It is the same context that caused Moses Farrow, at the house that day on August 4th, to originally express doubts about the molestation claim almost immediately after they were suggested, before later being pressured by his mother to denounce Allen in a letter, and then still later renouncing his letter and stating that Farrow had consciously tried to poison the entire household against Allen by drumming it into them that he was a monster.

It is the same context that caused Farrow to pressure her staff to be “on her side” and coax them into saying things that they had no knowledge of.

It is the same context that saw Farrow happily and excitedly proclaim, “Everything is OK now. Everything is set.” after getting Dylan to tell a doctor about being abused on the second attempt after their first doctor visit.

It is the same context that saw Farrow also accuse Allen of “fondling” Satchel/Ronan the same day that he allegedly molested Dylan, before later quietly dropping that claim. (See Newsday, Aug. 21, 1992, pg. 2.)

It is the same context that saw Farrow’s team try to pressure one of Allen’s ex-girlfriends into committing perjury against him by falsely suggesting that he dated her when she was underage.

It is the same context that saw Allen volunteer for and pass a lie detector test, while Farrow has declined to take one.

It is the same context that had Mia Farrow still wanting to work with Woody Allen on the latest film he had been making immediately after accusing him of abusing their daughter. (A fact confirmed not only by “Manhattan Murder Mystery’s” producer Robert Greenhut (See Newsday, Aug. 22, 1992, pg. 3) but also by Kristi Groteke in pg. 225 of “Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal”: “She had just accused her lover in public of molesting their daughter, and she expected that he would overlook this while they made a movie together. Get real, Mia.”)

It is the same context that saw Farrow discussing with Allen behind closed doors an offer to “drop the child abuse charge in return for Allen’s withdrawing the custody petition”.

It is the same context that saw Farrow’s legal team also propose dropping the charges against Allen in return for a multi-million-dollar settlement agreement.

It is the same context that saw the State of New York approving Allen’s decision to adopt two additional daughters without concern after the allegations of abuse were lodged against him.

It is the same context of astounding coincidences that had Dory Previn writing a song back in 1970 that described a clarinet-playing father molesting his daughter in the attic, shortly after Farrow had an affair with her husband which broker up their marriage and caused Previn to undergo electroshock therapy.

It is the same context of astounding coincidences that saw Farrow’s own brother actually plead guilty for the same offenses that Farrow accused Allen of, and the incredible irony of that same brother publicly predicting that Allen would be jailed for his affair with Soon-Yi Previn.

It is the same context of astounding improbabilities wherein, over the course of his 80+ years on this earth, there has never even been so much as a rumor of Allen committing any other act of sexual abuse against anyone, either before or after the solitary accusation by Dylan regarding a single incident on a single day within a less-than-20-minute window in a house full of people that he knew were told to keep an eye on him, that just happened to take place after Farrow learned of the Soon-Yi affair.

It is the same context that has seen Dylan Farrow repeatedly decline invitations to bring so much as a civil suit against Allen for his alleged actions, despite the relatively low threshold of proof required against him and despite the fact that the statute of limitations for such a lawsuit won’t expire until her 48th birthday in 2033.

(I could go on and on here, just with verified sources…but this essay is already plenty long enough. And I haven’t even bothered to scratch the surface of the several unverified sources on the Internet that purport to have first-hand knowledge and aim to cast further doubt on the situation.)

Against this context, after weeks of Farrow trying to put them on active alert about Allen, one babysitter remembers after the fact that Dylan was missing her underwear during the day, another babysitter recalls Allen kneeling down to look at Dylan with his face in her lap while she had her dress on, and another said that, when she was asked to think about it after the fact, there was a segment of at most 20 minutes when she couldn’t remember Allen’s and Dylan’s specific whereabouts — an account that was even disputed and contradicted by the very witness herself when she spoke to a fellow babysitter the next day (not to mention Moses Farrow, who insists that he was also there and that it didn’t happen).

That’s the extent of the damning eyewitness evidence that Orth cites in her “undeniable facts” about the Woody Allen case.

The statements of the babysitters and nannies are so thin, inconsequential and ultimately irrelevant in this larger context towards proving Allen’s guilt, that even Mia Farrow’s own attorney, Eleanor Alter, could not bring herself to conclude that Allen had somehow molested Dylan.

Think about that for a moment. Farrow’s own attorney who successfully represented her in the custody battle with Allen, the very one who advised Farrow to take Dylan to a pediatrician to begin with to investigate the claim of abuse, who had access to all the evidence and witnesses against Allen, and who was paid to be a zealous advocate on Farrow’s behalf, still harbors more doubts about the molestation allegations against Allen than Maureen Orth herself.

Likewise, even Dr. Stephen Herman, the clinical psychiatrist who has extensive familiarity with child abuse cases and who served as Farrow’s own witness in her custody trial admitted that the “supporting data” regarding the question of abuse was “inconclusive”.

This is all incredibly thin gruel in trying to suggest that someone is guilty of a heinous crime as Orth does here.

It really is quite shameful.

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