“The Kennedy Center cannot put their arms around the fact they did something wrong and are in denial,” says Sanchez.
But he was still averting his eyes from death, and his biographer says he approached the end in denial.
“There are people with pedophilia that are often in denial, the way some alcoholics deny having a drinking problem,” he said.
denial de·ni·al (dĭ-nī'əl)
An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.