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Roman Polanski - Still Playing The Victim In His Child Rape Case

Roman Polanski Discusses Impact of His 1977 Sex Crime Conviction


Published: September 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Director Roman Polanski, in a rare interview published on Thursday, shares his frustrations and feelings about being the object of hatred due to a complicated legal case stemming from a sex crime more than 30 years ago.

Polanski, 80, the Polish-French director of films such as "Rosemary's Baby" and 2002's Oscar-winning "The Pianist," pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photoshoot, fueled by champagne and drugs.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Polanski said he felt more persecuted after he was arrested in 2009 in Switzerland at the request of the United States than he did when he was convicted of the crime.

"I didn't have that at all then. This was much more like the assassination of Sharon and what happened afterwards," the director said, referring to misleading rumors that he was involved in the 1969 murder of his wife, actress Sharon Tate, and her friends, who were killed by the Manson family gang.

The interview comes ahead of a Showtime documentary, "Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out," by Marina Zenovich, to be aired on U.S. television this month. Zenovich also co-wrote and directed the 2008 documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," which explored the impact of the sex crime case and was used by lawyers to reopen the case after 30 years.

Polanski served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain in 1977, but he fled the United States in 1978 after believing the judge hearing his case could put him in jail for up to 50 years.

"It was such a shock to learn that it's not finished, after they let you out of prison. Free! With your bundle under your arm, with the lawyer waiting for you outside, standing there, in your mind it's all over, it's finished. And then the judge changed his mind. And I have to go back to prison, and nobody knows how long. I just could not go through that," Polanski said about his decision to leave the U.S. for France.

Polanski was arrested in 2009 en route to the Zurich Film Festival, and spent two months in a Swiss jail. He was then placed under house arrest at his chalet in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Gstaad. In July 2010 Swiss authorities said they would not extradite the director to the United States.

The veteran director responded to reports that he was living as a fugitive in Europe, answering: "I was moving freely for 32 years" between homes and projects in Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Tunisia.

Despite having left Hollywood four decades ago, the director still has his supporters, such as actor Jack Nicholson, who is quoted throughout the Vanity Fair article, and his films are a regular on awards and festival circuits.

The full interview with Polanski will be in the October issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Thursday, and nationally on September 10.

by Anonymousreply 2610/30/2014

Well, it wasn't rape rape.

by Anonymousreply 109/04/2013

And now Vanity Fair is glorifying this a**hole. I won't buy issues of Vanity Fair ever again. Disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 209/04/2013

Jack Nicholson is a fucking filth-bag too. These macho sleazo pigs all stick together. Maybe David Lynch can make a movie about Polanski.

by Anonymousreply 309/04/2013

It would be an interesting story to tell (now that all the apologists are in their dotage and out of power)

by Anonymousreply 409/04/2013

Rape is a myth.

by Anonymousreply 509/04/2013

R5 But trolls sure aren't.

by Anonymousreply 609/04/2013

how come he plea bargained and served time but then fled the country?

by Anonymousreply 709/04/2013

Rapists - especially child rapists - don't fare well in prison.

by Anonymousreply 809/05/2013

He survived the holocaust and had his pregnant wife slaughtered in the most horrific way imaginable. In the meanwhile, he's given the world some fantastic pieces of cinematic art.

Yet he makes a mistake which he was forgiven for by the victim and all certain people see is that he is pure evil.

People will give the Penn State football administration a pass before Roman gets one.

by Anonymousreply 909/05/2013

Who said he was pure evil?

The issue of concern is that he doesn't sound remorseful. And sexual predation is a little more than a "mistake."

by Anonymousreply 1009/05/2013

It was a seduction

by Anonymousreply 1109/05/2013

[quote]how come he plea bargained and served time but then fled the country?

As I undertstand it, the presecutor's office agreed to a plea becauase they didn't want a trial. They didn't want to have to put the girl on the stand to testify. He served the agreed amount of time and was released, then found out that the judge was going back on the deal. At that point he skipped.

by Anonymousreply 1209/05/2013

[quote]Yet he makes a mistake which he was forgiven for by the victim and all certain people see is that he is pure evil.

There is a difference between a "mistake" and a "crime."

You don't mistakenly rape a 13-year-old.

by Anonymousreply 1309/05/2013

[quote] You don't mistakenly rape a 13-year-old.

It was a seduction

by Anonymousreply 1409/05/2013

Legally, a 13-year-old cannot be seduced, r14. An adult having sex with a 13-year-old is statutory rape.

by Anonymousreply 1509/05/2013

R15 tell that to Gloria Monty and Pat Falken Smith who coined the term 'seduction'.

by Anonymousreply 1609/05/2013

Filmmaker Roman Polanski is questioned but FREED in Poland as the US tries to bring him back to face justice for raping 13-year-old girl in Jack Nicholson's jacuzzi

by Anonymousreply 1710/30/2014

Wasn't she drugged? How is that a seduction?

by Anonymousreply 1810/30/2014

Plus it was anal.

by Anonymousreply 1910/30/2014

It was a religious rite, and should have been allowed, the way the Indians get to use peyote. The High Witch of Hollywood was involved, after all. I'm not saying her name again - too dangerous.

by Anonymousreply 2010/30/2014

R2 sounds like every Right-wing homophobic Frau making her voice heard.

by Anonymousreply 2110/30/2014

Even his "victim" is a fan and believes people need to get over it.

I've got bigger problems.

by Anonymousreply 2210/30/2014

[quote]He survived the holocaust and had his pregnant wife slaughtered in the most horrific way imaginable.

His pregnant mother was also "slaughtered in the most horrific way imaginable." She didn't survive the holocaust.

by Anonymousreply 2310/30/2014

[quote]how come he plea bargained and served time but then fled the country?

Because they wanted a mock trial for the public to get them under control. The whole thing was a farce. Polanski left because of it.

by Anonymousreply 2410/30/2014

& I'll add..because his father cut the wire that kept them imprisoned in the ghetto, Polanski was able to flee and survived the holocaust hiding with Christian families in Poland.

No wonder he ran when he saw his freedom in jeopardy.

by Anonymousreply 2510/30/2014

I thought Venus in Fur was great. I can't wait for his next film.

I know someone who's worked on all of his films in the last twenty years and she has nothing but good things to say about him.

by Anonymousreply 2610/30/2014
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