I can't believe someone is so petty and immature!
(Copied from thebitterguy)
Apparently, Crichton decided that our suspicions that he was a total dickhead weren't enough, so he decided to seal the deal when he made a critic into a child molestor in his latest book.
It wasn't even a literary critic, but a scientific critic, Michael Crowley, who just pointed out (in the New Freaking Republic!) that maybe a book saying "Global warming is a myth" was just dumb. So what did Crichton do?
Alex Burnet was in the middle of the most difficult trial of her career, a rape case involving the sexual assault of a two-year-old boy in Malibu. The defendant, thirty-year-old Mick Crowley, was a Washington-based political columnist who was visiting his sister-in-law when he experienced an overwhelming urge to have anal sex with her young son, still in diapers. Crowley was a wealthy, spoiled Yale graduate and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. ...
It turned out Crowley's taste in love objects was well known in Washington, but [his lawyer]--as was his custom--tried the case vigorously in the press months before the trial, repeatedly characterizing Alex and the child's mother as "fantasizing feminist fundamentalists" who had made up the whole thing from "their sick, twisted imaginations." This, despite a well-documented hospital examination of the child. (Crowley's penis was small, but he had still caused significant tears to the toddler's rectum.)
Niiiice. Apparently, this isn't the first time he's done it, either, but I couldn't find any corroboration for that.