Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln (Wikipedia biography here) … was (variously) a Jewish, Presbyterian, Buddhist, spy, British MP, Nazi, propagandist, and would-be Balkan oil cartel mogul. Oh, I forgot to mention: claimed reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and Japanese-backed candidate for the Emperor of China. (Not bad for a poor shtetl boy who started out as a Hungarian orthodox Jewish yeshiva student.) Nothing about this man makes any sense whatsoever unless he’s a character from a movie script written by Thomas Pynchon for Woody Allen.
One point that seems telling to me (not mentioned in this article): Where are the other victims? Somebody who does what Allen is alleged to have done doesn’t do it just once. We’ve seen that with Bill Cosby, Dennis Hastert, Jerry Sandusky, and Jimmy Savile. But with Allen, there has only been this one accusation and (as Weide notes) the accusation has a lot of problems with it.
Woody Allen’s publicist Leslee Dart is a wizard at promoting clients who want coverage and protecting those who don’t.
Despite Dylan Farrow’s damning allegations of sexual abuse, [Woody Allen] today remains beloved by stars, paid by Amazon and rarely interrogated by media as his son, Ronan Farrow, writes about the culture of acquiescence surrounding his father.
Farrow writes about the subject from the inside. At first, he distanced himself from his sister’s, Dylan Farrow’s, allegations. And when it came time for him to write about Bill Cosby, he downplayed the accusations against that comedian.
Confronting a subject with allegations from women or children, not backed by a simple, dispositive legal ruling is hard. It means having those tough newsroom conversations, making the case for burning bridges with powerful public figures. It means going up against angry fans and angry publicists.