I've seen photographs of Presidents smiling and shaking hands with criminals. Does that make them evil?
For decades on end the essential method of destroying the words written by Ayn Rand has been to attempt to destroy the character and being of Ayn Rand herself. It's a classic example of the mantra that if you can't kill the message, you must kill the messenger.
She was merely a human, and she had many human frailties, as do all of us. She was a 22 or at most 23 year old thinking of writing a novel (which was never written) and she made this single entry to herself in her personal notebook (journal) regarding a character in the book who was to be:
“a Hickman with a purpose. And without the degeneracy. It is more exact to say that the model is not Hickman, but what Hickman suggested to me.”
This contents of this journal (notebook) were published by the "Ayn Rand Institute" post her passing in 1982. This was not uncovered mysteriously. At that young age she was merely a playwright, and she was steeped in the philosophy of Nietzsche (whom she later abandoned and rejected), and she had not yet formulated her famous philosophy of "Objectivism". No one knows what part this character in her never written novel might have represented or stood for, but we do know from what she wrote to herself that he was clearly "NOT" going to be the degenerate that Hickman was.
Should all of her subsequent great thought and writings be negated by this?
Do you Democratic Ayn Rand despiser's vehemently reject and oppose Bill Clinton and all that he stood for and accomplished due to what he did to and with a young and deceived Moncia Lewisnki? Thinking about a character for a book is far more mundane than sexually abusing a young Whitehouse intern with a cigar, no?