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British Actress: ‘I Am Also a Victim of Roman Polanski’

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Posted on May 14, 2010
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Claiming that Roman Polanski’s legal team is wrongly spinning the story of his sexual abuse of a minor over three decades ago “as an isolated incident,” British actress Charlotte Lewis piped up on Friday to declare that the director had “forced himself” upon her when she was 16 years old.

“He sexually abused me in the worst possible way,” Lewis said during a press conference with her lawyer—guess who?—Gloria Allred by her side. According to Lewis, Polanski assaulted her in 1982 in his apartment in Paris, after he had already fled the U.S. for Europe.  —KA

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Lewis, now 42, who read from a prepared statement, appeared composed as she said Polanski “met me and forced himself upon me in his apartment in Paris” in 1982. She later worked on the director’s movie “Pirates,” released in 1986.

Lewis said she came forward because she heard Polanski was fighting extradition to the U.S., where he’s supposed to face sentencing in the 1977 case involving a 13-year-old girl. She said, “His legal team is portraying his previous offense against a minor as an isolated incident.

“In addition to the fact that both myself and his previous victim were underage, I believe that there are other similarities in the crimes that he committed,” Lewis said.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

They are “revealing” of nothing whatsoever. Just the usual knee-jerk bloodlust.

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By PatrickHenry, May 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

Dave,

Read the comments to the article you posted (by a friend and business associate of Polanski).

They are revealing and reflect much of the commentary posted here.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 25, 2010 at 5:08 am Link to this comment

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/
so-thats-three-different-stories-from-polanskis-latest-
accuser-20100519-vf36.html


Slow curtain. The end.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 25, 2010 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

Inherit, an anti-semite? That will be the day.

I have argued with you for years, come to think of it I don’t remember anyone ever accusing you of being one.
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LOL!

It’s pretty rare but usually by someone we BOTH would agree is a “rabid Zionist” because I DON’T back everything that What-a-Yahoo and his merrie pranksters pull.

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By PatrickHenry, May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

Lenin, software comes out every day designed to fuck the common man.

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By PatrickHenry, May 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Inherit, an anti-semite? That will be the day.

I have argued with you for years, come to think of it I don’t remember anyone ever accusing you of being one.

I agree Polanski deserves a fair hearing and I hope its televised given the publicity.

I’m sure Hollywood has a TV-movie in the planning stage.

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By Leefeller, May 24, 2010 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

Maybe we should Fix up Polanski with Hot Hilda, a hearty big boned gal like her will most defiantly show him the errors of his ways. The humility might do him some good, sort of matching the crime and make it mandatory he wear a diaper.

Another option one could institute the Bobbitt techniques of retribution, well now that I think of it, in prison Polanski will find another kind of humility.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 24, 2010 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, May 23 at 9:30 am #

You mean to say he wasn’t convicted a SECOND time?

GET THE ROPE! HANG THE JEW!!!!!!!
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For every time I get accused of being anti-Semitic, there are 10,000 times I am accused of being a crazy Zionist who will defend ANY and EVERY policy of this, the most right-wing of Israeli governments in history.

I didn’t even know Polansky was Jewish until it came out during these extradition hearing.  As a Jew, it made me cringe to realize he is such a pervert.  I don’t know why other than the suspicion that others would think I condone his behavior—solely because his being a Jew.

I don’t give a shit as long as he gets a fair hearing.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 23, 2010 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

Hey, that ain’t all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbcyiFt5VEs

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By PatrickHenry, May 23, 2010 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Dave, so much for your idea of entertainment.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 23, 2010 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

You mean to say he wasn’t convicted a SECOND time?

GET THE ROPE! HANG THE JEW!!!!!!!

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By Inherit The Wind, May 23, 2010 at 4:47 am Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, May 22 at 9:22 am #

“I do not need David Ehrenstein to “instruct” me on whether I should like a movie or not.”

Oh yes you do.
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And why, pray tell, would you possibly think that?

What can you possibly tell me about cinema that is valuable…to me?

So far, all I’ve seen is a person who vehemently defends a convicted admitted child rapist, who is now accused of raping another child, a 16 year old.

Why is that?  It’s not like he’s not guilty—he’s been convicted.

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By Leefeller, May 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

“Wee Willie Winkie’ Not quite my fetish!

Older more mature large boned healthy German Women, now that does it for me, the Tug Boat Annie kind of gal! I know you guys have the hots for Palin, I can sort of get into Palin gutting the Moose thing, but only as long as she doesn’t talk.

Now Hot Hilda, thats my kind of gal!

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By David Ehrenstein, May 22, 2010 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

“Some of us could care less about contemporary cinema”

So much the worse for you.

“I do not need David Ehrenstein to “instruct” me on whether I should like a movie or not.”

Oh yes you do.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

I do not need David Ehrenstein to “instruct” me on whether I should like a movie or not.  Self-styled critics of ‘cinema’ are even less useful than professional employed critics.

I do not need a critic to tell me Citizen Kane, A Clockwork Orange or Ran are great films.  They are great because they are compelling, riveting and have something sophisticated, powerful and subtle to say. 

I do not need a critic to tell me when a film is shallow, fluff and not particularly meaningful beyond entertaining.

I do not need a critic to tell me when a movie is funny.  I know full well M*A*S*H or Duck Soup are far funnier than Some Like It Hot.

I do not need a critic to tell me that when a convicted pedophile rapist uses his camera to glory in the sexuality of barely pubescent girls that he’s a sicko.

And I do not need obfuscation of the fact that he IS a convicted pedophiliac statuatory rapist to try to obscure accusations of a pure rape of a 16 year old.

Being a student of film (whatever that means) does not put one in the position of having a better understanding of morality.

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By PatrickHenry, May 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, with commentary like that you deserve posting over on Larrys list.  You would be his only poster but you sound like you two are on the same page.

Some of us could care less about contemporary cinema, much less have a symbionic/parasitic/work relationship with them as you do.

No, I doubt anyone in hollywood, especially producers or directors would give you access if you espoused Polanskis guilt in the matter.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 21, 2010 at 5:46 am Link to this comment

Inside every adult G-rated moviegoer is a pedophile trying to stay in!

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 21, 2010 at 5:38 am Link to this comment

Were your parents gassy?  Because someone around here has inherited the winds.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 21, 2010 at 5:33 am Link to this comment

And you know nothing about contemporary cinema.

Bet you don’t know anything about the past either. As you claim to be so concerned with children, here’s the greatest piece of film criticism ever written—by Graham Green. Both he and the magazine in which it appeared on October 28, 1937 “Night and Day” were sued by Shirley Temple’s studio and her guardians. The magazine was bankrupted and Greene fled to Mexico, where he found the material for his novel, “The Power and the Glory.” When Greene’s film criticism was collected in the volume “The Pleasure Dome” this review was omitted.

“Wee Willie Winkie”

“The owners of a child star are like leaseholders — their property diminishes in value every year. Time’s chariot is at their backs: before them acres of anonymity. What is Jackie Coogan now but a matrimonial squabble? Miss Shirley Temple’s case, though, has peculiar interest: infancy with her is a disguise, her appeal is more secret and more adult. Already two years ago she was a fancy little piece — real childhood, I think, went out after The Littlest Rebel). In Captain January she wore trousers with the mature suggestiveness of a Dietrich: her neat and well-developed rump twisted in the tap-dance: her eyes had a sidelong searching coquetry. Now in Wee Willie Winkie, wearing short kilts, she is a complete totsy. Watch her swaggering stride across the Indian barrack-square: hear the gasp of excited expectation from her antique audience when the sergeant’s palm is raised: watch the way she measures a man with agile studio eyes, with dimpled depravity. Adult emotions of love and grief glissade across the mask of childhood, a childhood skin-deep.

It is clever but it cannot last. Her admirers — middle aged men and clergymen — respond to her dubious coquetry, to the sight of her well-shaped and desirable little body, packed with enormous vitality, only because the safety curtain of story and dialogue drops between their intelligence and their desire. “Why are you making my Mummy cry?” - what could be purer than that? And the scene when dressed in a white nightdress she begs grandpa to take Mummy to a dance - what could be more virginal? On those lines in her new picture, made by John Ford, who directed The Informer, is horrifyingly competent. It isn’t hard to stay to the last prattle and the last sob. The story — about an Afghan robber converted by “Wee Willie Winkie” to the British Raj — is a long way after Kipling. But we needn’t be sour about that. Both stories are awful, but on the whole Hollywood’s is the better.”

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By Inherit The Wind, May 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, May 20 at 11:41 pm #

Well of course not. The Coens and Quentin slavishly sup[port the status quo. They are ideologically essential to its operation.
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I have no idea what this means. All I’m sure of is you are defended a convicted pedophile rapist—CONVICTED!

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By David Ehrenstein, May 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

Well of course not. The Coens and Quentin slavishly sup[port the status quo. They are ideologically essential to its operation.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

It’s pointless to discuss this with irrational people.  I see no connection between the criminal charges and a desire to punish Polanski for his film work.  I DO see a connection with how he views females in both his life and his films.

Nobody’s hunting down the Coen Bros. or Quentin Tarrantino for their controversial films.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

Shouldn’t you be saving the world by opining away rather than pining away for Ski Pole Romanski?

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

The funniest part of all this is, of course, how heavy set women accuse Ski Pole Romanski of being a pedophile because Francesca Annis wasn’t a lard ass when she made Macbeth at the age of 25.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

And let us not forget the things John Astin made Kristy McNichol do when she was auditioning for the part of Festus Haggin on Family Affair.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

“This actress is claiming at 16 he RAPED her, not consensual, but REAL rape.”

Whihc was not reported as such then. Why? because she was having an affair with Polanski.

“I just remembered that in “MacBeth”, back in the early 70s, he paraded around a nude Francesca Annis who was SO skinny she looked like a boy—or a pre- or barely pubescent girl.  Then he made “Tess” where he got to basically f*** a young girl with his camera.”

Thanks for proving my point. He is being prosecuted not for his off-screen activities but his on-screen ones.

(BTW, th had an affair with Nsatassja kinski well prior to his casting her in “Yess.” She greatly enjoyed it and greatly admires him. She told me so herself at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards dinner where “Tess” was being honored.)

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By Inherit The Wind, May 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, May 20 at 12:46 pm #

He was convicted of statutory rape—because the sex was consensual.

Being a former Catholic I’m well aware of the Church’s history—which involves REAL rape, not the whining of an actress with a fading career.

Are you in favor of a citizen’s arrest of the Pope?

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You just a-keep on-a skippin’ past the facts.

Polanski plead guilty to statutory rape of a 13 year old.  This actress is claiming at 16 he RAPED her, not consensual, but REAL rape.

I just remembered that in “MacBeth”, back in the early 70s, he paraded around a nude Francesca Annis who was SO skinny she looked like a boy—or a pre- or barely pubescent girl.  Then he made “Tess” where he got to basically f*** a young girl with his camera.

This is one sick toad.

I’m not sure how practical or possible a citizen’s arrest of Pope Benedict is, but if you want to try, be my guest. As long as you follow the law to do so.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment

Ski Pole Romanski recently visited Arizona incognito in anticipation of a secret rendezvous with Charlotte Lewis at the top of her twin peaks.  Before he could reach the pinkish brown summit, he was arrested by a state trooper.  Contrary to popular belief, the arrest had nothing to do with his alleged pedofeelings.  He was simply detained on suspicion of “not bein’ from around here.”

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By Leefeller, May 20, 2010 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Lets face it this is not about someone popping out air to convict someone this is about the rule of law! (though a joke)

  It seems to me consensual sex is not consensual with someone under age?  Now if one decided the law is unfair and seduces a 13 year old under legal age, me thinks he should pay the piper, not quite the same moral implications as lets say between a consenting couple, of a 16 year old and a 18 year old~!

As the saying goes you pay your dues and take your chances, or is it the other way around? 

The more I hear about this guy the less I sympathize or support his actions. If one believes consensual sex is not seduction they seem solipsist in nature and of the highest order.

In some countries they would blame the girl and probably stone her to death!

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By David Ehrenstein, May 20, 2010 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

Spoken like a true Rand Paul supporter, “Arizona Kid.”

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 20, 2010 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

Thank you for the kind words. 

Polls show that most of Polish Polanki’s “victims” knew him to be an avid ski enthusiast who often bragged about using his ski pole when he went to mount Olympia.

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By melpol, May 20, 2010 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

Morality and sexuality cannot be separated. A priest alone should determine the proper age of consensual sex. After careful examination by a member of the priesthood permission should be granted to those deemed fit to engage in sexual practices.  Those having sex with a person that has not received permission from the church can be arrested for rape regardless of the age of the victim. Certificates of church permission should be displayed by both men and women before engaging in fortification.  Nobody can be more objective then the church in determining the proper age of consensual sex.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 20, 2010 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

He was convicted of statutory rape—because the sex was consensual.

Being a former Catholic I’m well aware of the Church’s history—which involves REAL rape, not the whining of an actress with a fading career.

Are you in favor of a citizen’s arrest of the Pope?

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By Inherit The Wind, May 20, 2010 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, May 20 at 12:16 am #

Ever thought of the fact that Charlotte Lewis isn’t a porn star “Inherit the Wind”?

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I guess you just utterly missed my point.  Of course she isn’t a porn star.  Neither are the hundreds of thousands of silent sufferers of rape and molestation whose lives are fucked up by perverts like Polanski, and the morally bankrupt who defend them.

If you’ve ever met such a victim (and I have), you that if they manage to live a “normal” life it’s due to lots of hard work, therapy, and support from loving friends and family.

This is not anything new that rape destroys a person’s sense of self-worth. And, in a child the effects are multiplied by not being yet as certain of what is right and what is wrong.

Have you not been paying attention to the mess Pope Benedict finds himself in for apparently enabling child molesters?  Why is Polanski any different? Because he’s raping underage girls and the priests are raping underage boys?

Why do people so vehemently defend a convicted child rapist?

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By David Ehrenstein, May 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

Ever thought of the fact that Charlotte Lewis isn’t a porn star “Inherit the Wind”?

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  Clearly, Olympia Dukakis only consented to voice that torpid piece if banality because at some point in her distant past she’d been anally molested on a casting couch when she was <<fill in one year less than age of consent>> by a predatory director five times her age.  Afterward, because her self esteem had been so compromised by that TOTALLY nonconsensual and unexpected penetration, she decided to show the whole world her heretofore never-parted, downy clown lips in a Playboy spread.  Again, she was taken completely by surprise when, as a precondition to her appearance in his magazine, Hugh Hefner gave her the ol’ brown-n-serve treatment (A to M) with his viagrafied pink pencil. 

This story is, of course, remarkably similar to that of Charlotte Lewis, whose purported youthful naivete is as convincing as her timing is coincidental.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

David Ehrenstein, May 19 at 4:35 pm #

What about Her dalliance with Warren Beatty? She dropped Roman when she went after Warren who was casting for “Reds.” Unlike Polanski he didn’t give her a part.

Is she going to charge Warren with rape?

Don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t. After all according to Andrea Dworkin all sex is rape.
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Ever watch Howard Stern? 
Ever notice how he always asks EVERY porn star if she was molested as a child?
Ever notice how at least 3/4 of them say “Yes”?

Do ya think, maybe getting raped at 16 by a famous director could have really fucked her mind and self-image, so that ALL she was to them was a sex object and she bought into it?

Ever thought of that?

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By melpol, May 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

@Renzo
“It makes you wonder why this is getting so much attention”

Polanski, Woody Allen,  Al Goldstein, Hugh Hefner and many others had one thing in common, they were all cynics who thumbed their noses at conventional lifestyles and got away with it. The most beautiful women of the world begged to share their bedrooms for even a moment. Their hedonistic lifestyle provoked jealousy in those that follow the rules and are forced to make love to a loser. Now its payback time and the family man is getting his revenge. They are overjoyed that Polanski got caught either fondling or raping a 13 year old sleepover. Most want him tarred and feathered, others wish to trade places and make love to the women in his Swiss villa.

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By PatrickHenry, May 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment

Its just the old story of the “casting couch” taken to the next level.

Polanski has the right to face his accuser sans lawyers. I would be interested to see the expression on his face, it would tell all.

If he was innocent, I’m sure the PR comming from his team would be overwhelming.

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By RenZo, May 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

@ ITW
As I understand it, he was not “convicted” but “plead” and those are two completely different events in the merkin system of “justice”. The most a plea bargain conviction can mean, because of the way it is used by prosecutors is that you were afraid to go to trial, or in other words, the prosecutors scared you. Prosecutors are not required to fill you in on the case they “have” against you and they don’t. They “offer” pleas at reduced sentences, always saying that they cannot guarantee the sentence by the judge. So they might have promised him public service and he might only have fled after the judge said his sentence.

American “justice” is courtroom cowboyism compared to the civil and penal codes of countries like France and Sweden. The US is the only country in the first world to use plea bargains like clubs. It is widely considered coercion in European countries, because of the enticement of a lesser sentence if you do plead.

I have no idea what really transpired between him and all his girlfriends. But this bimbo doesn’t deserve to get so much attention, not when oil threatens all life on the planet, we are in two wars and a recession/depression, and the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

It makes you wonder why this is getting so much attention.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

What about Her dalliance with Warren Beatty? She dropped Roman when she went after Warren who was casting for “Reds.” Unlike Polanski he didn’t give her a part.

Is she going to charge Warren with rape?

Don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t. After all according to Andrea Dworkin all sex is rape.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, May 19, 2010 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

Much like Dubya and Hitler, Polanski is an Übermensch.  As such, he is not bound by the mores and laws of lesser creatures.  It’s laughable how the philistines judge and condemn him.  Polanski is no more guilty of raping Charlotte Lewis than God is of raping Mary! 

When a West Virginian has sex with a chicken, do we call it rape?  Of course not.  When Dog the Bounty Hunter violates a meatball grinder in a QT men’s room outside of Amarillo, do we demand his extradition to the U.S.?  No. Polanski’s tryst with Lewis was no worse than one of these barnyard dalliances or food fetishes.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 19, 2010 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

“Why did she go back and work on a movie 4 years later? There surely is no simple answer to that.”

Of course there’s a simple anewer to that—SHE’S A LYING CUNT!!!!!!

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By Inherit The Wind, May 19, 2010 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

Polanski is a convicted child-rapist who, like all criminals, is trying to get out from under it and is using any and ever means possible—like OJ did playing the “race” card.  It’s a tactic. If it works, I congratulate his lawyer. But I hope it doesn’t.

Now another woman has come forth and tells the world that as a 16 year old, Polanski raped her. He didn’t seduce an underage (but not in France) girl, he RAPED her. Why did she go back and work on a movie 4 years later? There surely is no simple answer to that. Stockholm Syndrome, maybe?  But it’s taken 22 years and the thought that he’s been out there raping girls ever since.

Maybe he can get Pope Benedict to vouch for him.

Personally, I hope Polanski spends the rest of his life in jail.  His claims of anti-Semitism is BULLSHIT.  He’s a child rapist and THAT is how he should be judged.  And now we know he’s really a SERIAL child rapist (no surprise there).

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By melpol, May 19, 2010 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

The forgiveness of Polanski should not only come from Woody and fellow artists,  it should come from the holy of holies, and that is the Pope. His understanding of the weakness of man and the temptations of the Devil can silence the angry mobs that wants to crucify an aging hipster. The enlightened people of the world anxiously wait for the day when the Pontiff issues an edict that allows Polanski to continue his great works of art without being hounded by scapegoating mobs that have committed greater sins.

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By melvin polatnick, May 19, 2010 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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The forgiveness of Polanski should not only come from Woody and fellow artists,  it should come from the holy of holies, and that is the Pope. His understanding of the weakness of man and the temptations of the Devil can silence the angry mobs that wants to crucify an aging hipster. The enlightened people of the world anxiously wait for the day when the Pontiff issues an edict that allows Polanski to continue his great works of art without being hounded by scapegoating mobs that have committed worse sins.

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By RenZo, May 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Dear PH,

Maybe it will go to the NEW and improved Jewish Supreme Court for final judgment.  Then the lesbian jew could cast the deciding vote. Your horizon is tipping, I think.

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By PatrickHenry, May 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment

Polanski being Jewish has nothing to do with his predicament, the fact that most of his apoligists are, does.

I can’t wait to see if he gets a Jewish judge who “commutes” his sentence or not.

It is much like the Catholic Church hiding their pedophiles, in a more hollywood way.  Just another cult looking out after their buddies, nothing more.

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By Leefeller, May 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Many people have commuted crimes and fled the country before being convicted, if Roman Polanski was convicted and ran he should be called on his actions, but what does Jewish have to do with anything, except bigotry?

Many cases of crimes being done here where the suspects run and hide in another country, and never being apprehended, race or religious backgrounds seems to have some bearing on their crimes possibly homeland religious discipline. I recall one instance a girl tried to break up with her boy friend who was from the middle east and he killed her and fled and was never tried for his crime.

If anything Roman Polanski seems an elitist with notoriety rather than Patrick Henry’s obsessive bigoted focus on the Jewish Factor. Obsessiveness over Polanski seems strange with all the flap about the Catholic Church making Pedophilia headlines everyday!

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By PatrickHenry, May 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Did Polanski direct it?

I don’t do foreign films, especially propaganda.

One must research the web far and wide to find these “pearls”.  It is obvious Dave Ehrenstein has time and the inclination to do so.

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By RenZo, May 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

Thanks Kid,
I had it done twice at ages 5 and again at 11 (with the icepick of antiquity). It may have helped your mother but it didn’t help me.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Patrick Henry’s favorite movie is on You Tube in 7 parts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcyCHV4bALg

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By PatrickHenry, May 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Polanski was tried and convicted, then he fled.

What I find despicable is most of his fellow jews in hollywood (Allen, Eisner etc) and those elsewhere have tried to make excuses for this pedophile and criticise those of us who point this fact out.

It took great courage for Lewis to “come out” of the victim closet and put it in the public record especially when Polanski supporters blacklist her.

There are plenty of fathers out there who would love to teach Polanski social justice, a rope would not be required.

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By Leefeller, May 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

Whatever happed to innocent until proven guilty? His movies have a darkness to them and I don’t like them, so he must be guilty? (Sarcastic?)

The Jewish comment seems despicably Patrick Henry and expected.

Any people in positions of power should be held accountable of taking advantage of impressionable children and anyone under their power under age or not.

  From College professors to school teachers, priestess to presidents, celebrities to bosses, I do not care who they are, they should be held accountable for their actions, but I know better, they usually aren’t!

As for Polanski, let a jury decide. Yes the timing of Charlotte Lewis, seems suspicious, but maybe not.  I remember this same kind of stuff with Clinton, Terminator Gov. and many others, though not under age.

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By RenZo, May 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

I forced myself upon a gym teacher when I was twelve and he was a hunky thirty year old (I am male and so was he). He couldn’t stop himself. It happened in the pool room. It happened over and over and over again and also the next week and the next month.

He killed himself (pistol to the head) before the year was over. I was glad he didn’t give my name to the police, since I was only twelve.

Dear ZonaKid - I liked what you were writing at first then the jew-thing popped up. The next thing on bigots’ list, after JEW, is usually HOMO, so I changed my mind. You can never be sure about why people call themselves certain things. For Queers, adopting the name given by the oppressors was a joyous theft of the insult away from the breeders (who are not very good at naming things anyway). Similarly empowering (I am told) was the N-word history. So even if a jew doesn’t believe in YHWH, the fact that people in Arizona keep calling him a jew is enough for him to think of himself as a jew. And they have seen enough scapegoating to carry the name jew to eternity. As someone’s (jewish) mother once said ‘don’t worry darling, if you forget you are a jew, someone will remind you’.

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By dihey, May 17, 2010 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

Arizona Kid, May 16 at 2:49 pm
The picture which accompanies your unsubstantiated ranting says it all.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 17, 2010 at 5:16 am Link to this comment

I’m in good company, Arizona Kid. It’s me and Noam Chomsky now.

Love the “lesser” Patrick Henry.

I’m gay you know. Does that smack me down a notch in your view?

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By PatrickHenry, May 17, 2010 at 3:46 am Link to this comment

DE,

“Anti-semitism is fashionable again I see. Guess what—I’m not Jewish!”

Thank god for you not being jewish,, your innuendo against the victim in defense of Polanski smacks of a much lesser human.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

“I believe the girl, who in hollywood would be at the mercy in her career to predators like Polanski and his ilk.”

How quaint. Charlotte Lewis is a grown woman.

“David Ehrenstein, it would seem you are protecting a pedophile, just another Jewish apologist the likes of Dershowitz.”

Anti-semitism is fashionable again I see. Guess what—I’m not Jewish!

“Roman needs to be thrown in the general population here in the U.S.”

I’m sure you’ve got plenty of rope for the lynching.

Here’s what was done to a Jew named Leo Frank

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By dihey, May 16, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

I fondly hope that those of you who have declared Mr. Polansky guilty before the case is tried in court will remember your prejudgment should you ever be arrested and accused of a crime. Poor, rich, famous, unknown all are considered not guilty until proven guilty.
I understand that it can often be a grueling experience for a woman to come forward and accuse a male of rape. Yet, if you are convinced to have been raped and do not come forward immediately, are you not an accessory to a crime?

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By David Ehrenstein, May 16, 2010 at 5:14 am Link to this comment

That’s what I pointed out in my blogpost linked below.

Two great filmmakers. Two mobs that want them dead.

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By Leefeller, May 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

People in positions of power, authority or respect, taking advantage of something or someone seems so out of place.

Far as I see it, Polanski is no different than Clinton taking advantage of a page, a Catholic pedophile taking advantage of kids, or a teacher taking advantage of younger impressionable minds for their own selfish disgusting benefit, otherwise upstanding successful leaders of society.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2010/05/15/
the-persecution-and-character-assassination-of-roman-
polanski-as-performed-by-the-state-of-california-under-
the-direction-of-steve-cooley/

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By Tobysgirl, May 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

At least these comments elicited a chuckle. Isn’t this just standard casting couch stuff? Listen to Hollywood actresses on this one, and I mean starting at the beginning. They saw and experienced everything, and if you wanted to get ahead, it was what you did.

Considering the crimes my country commits every day against women all over the world, I can’t get too rattled by Ms Lewis’s suffering. And what is Gloria Allred? She’s omnipresent in a really creepy way.

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By Celia, May 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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The age of consent in France at that time (might still be) was 15.  She was young, yes, and foolish, certainly, but not underage.

This latest legal debacle of Mr. Polanski has been going on for months now.  Why didn’t she pipe up when the news broke?

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By David Ehrenstein, May 15, 2010 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Well it quite obviously was erased four years later.

Why did she consent to star in a film written and directed by her rapist? Answer me that.

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By melpol, May 15, 2010 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

The tragedy of being seduced by Polanski at the tender age of 16 has left a
memory that cannot be erased. He should pay Charlotte millions to compensate
for his reckless adventure into her lower regions. The age of consent must be
raised to 30, it would give a lady a better choice of whom her lover should be,
criminal penalties for an illegal seduction should be increased to life at hard labor.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 15, 2010 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

You believe her? Bet you believed Tawana Brawley too. Right?

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By elisalouisa, May 15, 2010 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

I believe her and I also believe there are many other Polanski victims out there who find it very difficult to come forward and would rather “bury” the past, as if such an act could be buried.  When Charlotte Lewis accepted Polanski’s invitation, she knew what Polanski wanted but she did not know Polanski would
use force if necessary, or perhaps using force excited him even more. Young women can also be mentally seduced by men such as Polanski, who could frame the facts in such a manner as to convince her that she was the one to blame. Polanski had the power to virtually destroy this young lady as to her
career and who she was. He took what he wanted, forcefully, with no second thoughts knowing he could, just because of who he was and who she was. Drugs may also have been involved. There is force and then there is force, Polanski did not know the difference and did not care. Perhaps he thought that giving her a movie career was payment enough. Women might realize years later how such a happening changed their lives. In this day and age they turn to Gloria Allred, eager to make battle and ready for
the headlines.

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By Leefeller, May 15, 2010 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

Roman Polanski’s exploits are making Tiger Wood look like a candidate for saint hood. Next we will hear both Polanski and Tiger fathered the Octomoms kids.

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By SoTexGuy, May 15, 2010 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

No more apologies for Polanski, please. Let him face the music.

That’s what I think, anyway.

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By diamond, May 15, 2010 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

Yes, soon they’ll all be saying, ‘I’m Spartacus’.

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By JoeG, May 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment
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Polanski should be free because raping children is protected by our constitution. (imagine star spangled banner soundtrack) Exploitation of people is funny and awesome in the U.S.A. We process people like products because it suits our purposes. We are so awesome that we force feed foreigners principals that we will not abide to ourselves.

HA HA suckers!

We win because we murder the most!!!

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By melpol, May 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

A rich man has to know more than how to make a buck, he must guard against those who set him up for blackmail or extortion. Polanski would have been safer as a poor man watching porno flicks. His love life would then have taken place only in his self satisfying hand.

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By David Ehrenstein, May 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment

And she was so traumatized that she went on to star in his film “Pirates” four years later.

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