Hendra’s friend defends Hendra’s book

Until the author’s daughter stepped forward last month to accuse him of sexually molesting her, Tony Hendra’s Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul was rising on the bestseller lists. Now his friend Davis Sweet writes in the Village Voice that the book should not be punished for the man’s alleged misdeeds and laments a string of negative reviews at Amazon that may affect demand for it.

I haven’t read the book and don’t know what to think about the Times‘ handling of the allegations, but it occurs to me that a defense of the book in the midst of this scandal would have been more persuasive coming from someone not encumbered by a personal friendship with Hendra.