In the wake of the whole Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen (that asshole)/Mia Farrow situation - for lack of a better word - I've been thinking about the double standard. Despite everything, I think Allen will still be remembered primarily as one of the major American filmmakers of the 20th century and Mia Farrow as that crazy bitch, though she has been in some fairly major films and at one time was a respected actress.
Miles Davis is a major figure of jazz, not an abuser of women. Sean Connery is a beloved Hollywood icon. Kobe Bryant isn't a rapist, he's one of the greatest athletes of his generation.
Joan Crawford. She's a an icon, a great actress arguably as famous now for her abuse of her children as her career. Bing Crosby abused his children too, but he's still wonderful, beloved Bing Crosby with the beautiful voice who sang "White Christmas." Nobody really remembers that he abused his children too.
I'm not defending Joan Crawford in any way, the things she did were awful. But I think a strong case can be made that "we" think of famous men/artists in more complex terms than famous women/artists. We forgive them more. We say "we don't know the whole story" or "the art shouldn't be judged in terms of the artist's personal life" when it's a man. When it's a woman, we take it more personally.