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Polanski Speaks

Director issues first self-defense since arrest

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Polanski in Paris last year.(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Roman Polanski today released his first statement since last September, when he was arrested in Switzerland over an extradition request regarding infamous decades-old rape charges. (The statement has been circulated primarily by famed French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, whose lifelong commitment to the New Philosophy and left-wing principles compels him to stand up for a man who has admitted to having sex with a drugged-up 13-year-old.) The famed director, who as a boy survived the Krakow Ghetto, declares, “I can remain silent no longer because the request for my extradition
addressed to the Swiss authorities is founded on a lie.” You can read the whole thing here.

Polanski Breaks Long Silence on His Extradition [NYT]

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Joanna Bankier says:

Check Charlie Rose long interview with Roman Polanski! it helps understand why he will not under any circumstances go to California to stand trial a second time!

What he did was against the law. But in those days breaking the law was a sport young people indulged in en masse and on principle.

Go explain that to a jury in 2010! If Michael Jackson was hounded to sleeping pill suicide, what kind of spectacle will an LA court room not be able to display having caught not only a “child molester” but, oh!, a Foreigner, a Devil, and a Jew! Since beating up on Jews and Holocaust survivors has become OK in the last decade, the trial, if it took place, would be turned into a block buster horror like recent spectacular trials that have been wildly televised and beamed around the globe. Where is the justice in judging a man in puritanical American for a crime he committed in an America under the spell of a decade long carneval? Where is the proportionality?

George Iversen says:

Drugging and raping a 13 year old was never a sport 20, 30, or 40 years ago. That the French and Swiss protected this disgusting individual is horrible. That the U.S. didn’t demand his extradition earlier is abhorrent. There is nothing puritanical about prosecuting this man for raping a drugged child.

HollyMartins says:

They should have killed this little pervert in Chino. He is only out because of money and expensive lawyers. As to his statement: Pure schmaltz written by high priced PR people.

Wilson Bell says:

A priest pays with his livelihood for committing an injustice against children. Is Polanski somehow worth more than the priest? I was in my twenties 40 years ago. Believe me, sex with a child was never a “sport.” Or if it was, the “sportsman” was considered mentally unbalanced.


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Polanski Speaks

Director issues first self-defense since arrest

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