In 1977 Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13 year old. He gave her champagne and sedative drugs and against her wishes performed oral, vaginal, and anal sex on her. He served 42 days in prison for the crime, and when he learned that he was likely going to be sentenced to more jail time, he fled the country. He did agree to pay a settlement from a damages claim filed by the victim in the amount of $500k. It is not on record that he ever paid the full amount. He went on to continue his film career and make money, directing movies “The Pianist” and “Oliver Twist” amongst others.
He is no doubt a talented artist and has made valuable contributions to the film industry; however some of his colleagues seem to think he is above justice. This infuriates me. I don’t care how much money you have or how many good movies you’ve made, nobody is above the law! Crime doesn’t pay, period. The victim doesn’t want to push for him to get more jail time, she probably, understandably, just wants that part of her life behind her. To me though, this is about more than the victim, it’s about the message hollywood is sending to society. Do we want future generations to think that, as long as you have money, an outstanding portfolio of work, and lots of famous friends that you can get away with rape? NO!!! Of course he has to serve his time, he ran away from his mistakes! It’s not that easy, not for anyone!
I can’t believe that anybody would think it is a good idea to support this man’s actions. Among his defenders are Woody Allen (well, no surprise there), Monica Belluci, Martin Scorsese and David Lynch. Since when is hollywood a governing body that can decide the fate of a criminal? Perhaps they know something we don’t? Either way, it seems to me the most respectable thing for his supporters to do is to stay mum on the issue and let the evidence speak for itself. I empathize with them still being his friend and being there for moral support, but to completely deprecate the case against him is just callous and ignorant. Who do they think they are? Who does Roman Polanski think he is?