Oct 4, 2013
06:22 AMThe Connecticut Story
Mia Farrow's Vanity Fair Interview References 1997 Connecticut Magazine Article
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Also see the latest column on this issue: Cool Justice: Maureen Orth cooks Woody Allen like Thanksgiving turkey.
In the November issue of Vanity Fair, actress, activist, child advocate and longtime Connecticut resident Mia Farrow is the subject of a revealing, in-depth profile. In the article, Farrow and a number of her children discuss their lives, including some of the scandals that have plagued the family—one of the big bombshells is the possibility that Farrow's son Ronan might actually be the biological son of her former husband Frank Sinatra—not Woody Allen, as has long been believed.
Another discussed topic of the Vanity Fair article is the alleged sexual abuse of Farrow's daughter Dylan at the hands of Allen that came to light in 1992. Although the subject was covered extensively by the mainstream media, the article prominently references and quotes a story on the allegations written by Andy Thibault for the November 1997 issue of Connecticut Magazine.
Thibault's story was a profile about Frank Maco, the then Litchfield County state's attorney, and a major portion of it details his role in investigating the charges against Allen. The story is primarily told from Maco's point of view, and includes snippets of depositions and interviews with many of the key participants in the investigation.
A footnote: After 31 years as state's attorney, Maco retired in 2003. At the end of the article, the outcome of a complaint filed by Woody Allen against Maco to the Statewide Grievance Committee is still pending; after four years of investigation, the committee voted unanimously to dismiss the complaint.
Here is Andy Thibault's original Connecticut Magazine article.
People: Frank Maco
by Andy Thibault
The Litchfield County state’s attorney thought he’d seen it all- and then he ran into Mia Farrow and Woody Allen.
Frank Maco might just as well have been Zelig, the Woody Allen character who appears out of nowhere in the maelstrom of historic events.
A career civil servant, Maco made his mark in the state criminal justice system by grinding out cases and staying out of the limelight. Early on, he became known as a quiet but effective crime fighter.
As a young prosecutor in the 1970s, Maco tried cases before Judge Nicholas Cioffi in Bridgeport.
“Frank is very reflective, extremely reflective,” says Cioffi, the former Superior Court judge and public safety commissioner. “He’s a very calm, level-headed guy. He’s not flashy, but he surely gets the job done; his style is not to become the focal point, but just to present the case to the jury.”
Nevertheless, Maco has been in the international spotlight for nearly five years, ever since he began directing the child abuse investigation of Woody Allen. Now the Litchfield County state attorney faces possible suspension of disbarment for his handling of the case. It’s a situation- the celebrities, the tabloid media, the controversy- seemingly at complete odds with his upbringing and his early career. And now it just may do him in.