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Re: “The Film Buff

To be clear: my argument was not that the accusers’ claims are baseless. I am confident that their claims have validity and were compelling enough for local and county law enforcement to take action. My argument is that the article presents them in a very lopsided fashion and that there is insufficient information in this forum to condemn him…or anyone else for that matter.

I do feel for the accusers in this case. If there was a violation of their privacy, trust, and basic rights, then those who are responsible should face the consequences and get the help they need to prevent this from happening in the future. However, I also feel for the accused in this case and do not want his rights violated because the court of public opinion is equating creepiness with guilt of felonious acts.

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/30/2011 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The Film Buff

@cj3717: where is Steve's side? The Ch19 "story" is a joke. He said that he "fucked up" but not about what? Again, where is the balance? Truth is being confused with media accounts. I want to hear Steve's story before ANY judgement is made. This has nothing to do with being "well known in Cleveland" and everything to do with being a human being with rights to due process in this country.

If Steve is guilty, then so be it. I hope it will give him treatment and guidance he needs to never do it again. But, until a judge (and/or jury) make that decision, who has the right to make that call based on a limited view of the facts. Can you really say that this piece and the Ch. 19 piece tell the whole, unedited story? If you can say yes to that, then I feel for you.

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/29/2011 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The Film Buff

For the record, this is not Steve Barrett.

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/29/2011 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The Film Buff

so, according to your logic: creepy = guilty perverty?

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/29/2011 at 3:20 PM

Re: “The Film Buff

so, according to your logic: creepy = guilty pervert?

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/29/2011 at 3:14 PM

Re: “The Film Buff

Because everyone is guilty until proven innocent, right?

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/29/2011 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The Film Buff

It’s not about being immune because someone is in the arts community. Anyone can be a creep, engage in illegal or immoral acts, and be called out for creepy behavior. The issue here is that Scene seems to point out that Steve is known and respected for his contributions to the community, but very quick to lend credence to a lesser known and lesser respected voice without considering the bigger picture. You know, the whole journalistic integrity thing?

Roman Polanski IS a scum bag who decided to run away from responsibility for his actions. Polanski chose the cowardly way out. Steve has chosen to face his accusers and directly address the accusations against him with his account on the facts. Steve will have his time in court and face the consequences.

I question the motives of the magazine for publishing this article in the grandiose manner that is did. Is it because this is a significant story or is there an element of sensationalism?

Posted by Steve Friend on 06/29/2011 at 2:30 PM

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