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Polanski Speaks

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Posted on May 3, 2010
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Declaring that he only wants “to be treated fairly like everyone else,” auteur-in-exile Roman Polanski spoke out on his own behalf on Sunday via his ally Bernard-Henri Lévy’s website, claiming that there are “no grounds” for his extradition to the U.S. to face charges related to his decades-old sexual assault case.

BHL:

I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words.

I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else.

It is true: 33 years ago I pleaded guilty, and I served time at the prison for common law crimes at Chino, not in a VIP prison. That period was to have covered the totality of my sentence. By the time I left prison, the judge had changed his mind and claimed that the time served at Chino did not [fulfill] the entire sentence, and it is this reversal that justified my leaving the United States.

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By elron, May 4, 2010 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
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Roman Polanski is a great filmmaker.  He is a celebrity.  He drugged a
thirteen year old girl with half a quaalude and raped her in the anus
during a private photo shoot for a major magazine.  He skipped bail in
the United States for this crime in the 1970s.  All these facts are not in
question.  The reason he did not serve “significant” jail time is because
he was a celebrity filmmaker.  He was given special treatment.  Special
treatment that went wrong for him.  That is why he fled.  I have a
young niece, and I too work in the film industry in Los Angeles.  If it
had been my niece, I would be sickened to see a celebrity filmmaker
getting special treatment.  If Polanski is deported to the United States,
he will likely serve time.  The public awareness of molestation has
changed in the United States since the 70s.  No single person should
be above the law.

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By NYCartist, May 4, 2010 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

Some of the best writing about Polanski is on the feminist website in Australia (that I’ve read),
http://www.hoydenabouttown.com  Many of the previous comments have said what I’d say: he did the crime, he ran from consequences.

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By omygodnotagain, May 4, 2010 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

Somehow Polanski thinks he is like his compatriots in Israel, the laws don’t apply to him, he’s above that stuff..likes to lecture from moral authority and inherent superiority, he is an expert in child abuse and legal matters.. maybe he can get our pathetic Congress to give him a pardon…Lieberman Schumer where are you???... when will this greater than thou arrogance end.

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By mscasey, May 4, 2010 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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Polanski drugged a 13 year-old girl and sodomized her. Then he fled the country. He does not get a pass.

I wonder if any of his defenders would even think of doing such a thing.  Well, maybe they’d think of it, but what 40 year-old man would actually DO it? What man wold allow such a crime to be committed against his own daughter?

He is a sexually disorganized rapist.  He needs to face justice.  Hiding from his actions has been the central theme of his entire life.  Maybe by facing the law at last, he’ll find some peace for himself.

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By CaptRon, May 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

Irony would be that if Sharon Tate, who was pregnant with Polanski’s child, lived and birthed a daughter. Would she have allowed Polanski to be anywhere near the daughter knowing his reputation with young females? Also, maybe the alternative to extradition back to the United States could be replaced by sending Charles Manson to be imprisoned with him in his jail of choice, but they must be cellmates.

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By ellie markel, May 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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Polanski had sex with a 13 year old and fled the US to avoid jail, while his case was working its way through the justice system.  Criminals do not get to decide whether or not they will let judges judge them.  If Polanski had faced up to his crimes then, he would have paid his debt to society and would not be in trouble now.

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By caia, May 3, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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Cry me a fucking river, child-rapist.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, May 3, 2010 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

It’s interesting that Polanski chooses the website of BHL to speak. A notorious
womanizer, shameless publicity whore, and laughable intellectual poser, Levy
should have been the last choice, not the first.

Clearly BHL convinced his “friend” to go public on his website because of the
attention it would bring to himself. Too bad. If Polanski’s claims have legitimacy,
his case is strong, and he should be going with something more mainstream than
the fan page of white-shirt-hair-dance.

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