I think to me the point was more what happens when you assume the worst of someone. One mistaken assumption lead to further misrepresentations of the man's character until it was so distorted in the woman's mind that he was the complete OPPOSITE of who he really was.
I see this a lot on curezone. People disagree, which is natural, but then begin adding motive and character assassinations until the whole issue is so completely distorted no one knows the truth of it anymore.
And yet everyone just KNOWS they are completely right, because they have begun with an assumption and very logically proceeded, in their own mind, to how the person ended up where they were, what they meant by what they said and their motivation (always purely evil) for saying it.
It is often more revealing about the accuser than it is the accused.