Roman Holiday

What are you gonna do? I made 'Rosemary's Baby', bitch.

Had to love the 900 word open letter released this week by Roman Polanski regarding the repeated attempts by the U.S to extradite him.

Roman asks to be treated fairly, “…just like anyone else“. He believes requests made to the Swiss authorities to extradite him are founded on a lie.

The United States continues to demand my extradition more to serve me on a platter to the media of the world than to pronounce a judgment concerning which an agreement was reached 33 years ago“.

For those unaware, Polanski was arrested for the sexual assault of Samantha Geimer, a 13-year-old girl, at his Hollywood home in 1977.

Thir.

Teen.

For those who are curious, and/or wish to lose all respect for the male of the species, you can click here for a reporters transcript of the grand jury proceedings.

I’ll let good ol’ Wikipedia fill you in on what happened next…

In an effort to preserve her anonymity, Geimer’s attorney arranged a plea bargain which Polanski accepted, and, under the terms, five of the initial charges were to be dismissed. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful intercourse with a minor, a charge which is synonymous under Californian law with statutory rape. The judge received a probation report and psychiatric evaluation, both indicating that Polanski should not serve jail time. In response the film maker was ordered to a 90 day psychiatric evaluation at the Chino state prison. On 28 January 1978 Polanski was released after 42 days. Despite expectations and recommendations that he would receive only probation at sentencing, the judge “suggested to Polanski’s attorneys” that more jail time and possible deportation were in order. Upon learning of the judge’s plans Polanski fled to France on 1 February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced. As a French citizen, he has been protected from extradition and has mostly lived in France, avoiding countries likely to extradite him. Because he fled prior to sentencing, all six of the original charges remain pending.

It's like a Lady Gaga clip, but with less stupid hair.

So let’s summarize here: Roman sedated a young girl, then performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy upon her. He spent 42 days receiving psychiatric evaluation. Then he fled the country. And now he feels persecuted and aggrieved because he… what? Already did his time?

Let me ask the reader: do YOU have a thirteen year old daughter, cousin, niece? If she was raped by… let’s say someone of the profile and credibility of a Ridley Scott… would YOU be happy when they served roughly 6 weeks for their crime?

Didn’t think so.

A hell of a lot of people over the past several years have offered public shows of support to Polanski. And I’ve spoken to some that still defend his actions.

Personally I kinda feel that it doesn’t matter he’s a brilliant director. It’s horrible, but not terribly relevant that his wife Sharon Tate was one of those brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969. He gets no passes from me because he’s exotic and European, which is somehow supposed to excuse more relaxed attitudes towards sex.  People cite the fact that Samantha Geimer herself made a plea for charges against him to be dropped. Hmm… maybe the six figure financial settlement she reached with him in 1993 has something to do with that… ?

It doesn’t change the fact he basically broke the law and committed STATUTORY RAPE. Simply put: You ain’t allowed to have sex with children, no matter how much cash you got or how many movies you made with Jack Nicholson.

Fame don’t get you a free pass, Mr. Polanski. Fame costs. And right here’s where you start paying…

FAME!

I defy anyone else out there to write a post about Roman Polanski sexually assaulting a minor, only to end it with a ‘Fame’ movie call back.

That’s what makes ME different.

And an asshole.

BPM

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