Roman Polanski, who is now 76 years old, has been living for the last 30 years in European nations that don't have an extradition treaty with the United States, for fear of being apprehended and deported. He had been charged in 1977 for drugging, raping, and sodomising a 13 year old girl. The charges were reduced later in a plea bargain, and not because evidence suggested a lesser offence.
Polanski was initially indicted on six felony counts and faced up to life in prison. Instead, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and the other counts were dismissed.For 30 years The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences -- the blokes behind the Oscars -- considered for nomination and rewarded a fugitive and child molester absconding from the law. Where are these people's morals? He may be a brilliant film director, but here is a man who drugged and raped a 13 year old child, and then ran away from the law. Why embrace this criminal?
The entire film community as well as a couple of European nations that harboured this sex offender are now causing an international furor over the US backed arrest of Polanski. Bernard Kouchner, France's foreign minister, who was constantly up Sri Lanka's arse over Human Rights is now making a plea to Hillary Clinton to free a child molester. France also gave Polanksi refuge from justice since the mid 70s.
Bernard Kouchner, France's foreign minister, said on Monday he was working with Radek Sikorski, his Polish counterpart, to help Polanski fight extradition to the US, which issued the arrest warrant.The 13 year old victim, now in her 40s, has told the media that she forgives Polanski and would like the charges dropped because it's causing a great deal of embarrassment to her family after all these years. I agree, she should not be made to suffer any further after what this monster had done to her.
"This affair is frankly a bit sinister. Here is a man of such talent, recognised worldwide, recognised especially in the country where he was arrested. This is not nice at all," Kouchner said.
He said that he and Sikorski had petitioned Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, over the case.
Frederic Mitterrand, the French culture minister, also criticised Polanski's arrest, describing it is a "terrible thing and very unfair".
The victim eventually sued Polanski for an undisclosed sum of money, which is more likely the reason why she wants the charges dropped now.
Does anyone in the right mind think that she was the only victim? Did Polanski decided that she was the only child he would drug and rape? There maybe others out there, but too afraid to speak, or paid off by Polanski.
He was accused of giving her part of a Quaalude pill and champagne, taking her into a hot tub and having sex with her.This man needs to be held responsible for his crimes, and those who support him and protest for his release must hang their heads in shame for endorsing a child molester.