Swiss Police detain Roman Polanski…attempting to curry favor with the United States?
September 27, 2009
People have a strange fascination with Roman Polanski. We almost seem forgetful of the fact that this dude was is a criminal and a criminal that should be forced to serve his time. But, because of his talent, we want to give him a pass. well, fate finally kept up with him. E!Online explains here what happened.
Accepting a lifetime achievement award may have been the blunder of a lifetime for director Roman Polanski. Relatively speaking, of course.
Upon arriving in Switzerland to receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival, the 76-year-old director was taken into custody by local authorities on a U.S. warrant related to his 1977 statutory rape conviction, and is in custody at the Swiss Justice Ministry while plans take shape for an extradition hearing.
The girl was thirteen…shouldn’t that be enough said? Here is the wiki entry which explains the crime.
In 1977, Polanski, then aged 44, became embroiled in a scandal involving 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now known as Samantha Geimer). It ultimately led to Polanski’s guilty plea to the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
According to Geimer, Polanski asked Geimer’s mother if he could photograph the girl for the French edition of Vogue, which Polanski had been invited to guest-edit. Her mother allowed a private photo shoot. According to Geimer in a 2003 interview, “Everything was going fine; then he asked me to change, well, in front of him.” She added, “It didn’t feel right, and I didn’t want to go back to the second shoot.”
Geimer later agreed to a second session, which took place on March 10, 1977 at the Mulholland area home of actor Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles. “We did photos with me drinking champagne,” Geimer says. “Toward the end it got a little scary, and I realized he had other intentions and I knew I was not where I should be. I just didn’t quite know how to get myself out of there.” She recalled in a 2003 interview that she began to feel uncomfortable after he asked her to lie down on a bed, and how she attempted to resist. “I said, ‘No, no. I don’t want to go in there. No, I don’t want to do this. No!”, and then I didn’t know what else to do,” she stated.
Geimer testified that Polanski performed various sexual acts on her, including oral sex, vaginal intercourse, and anal sex. after giving her a combination of champagne and quaaludes, a sedative drug.
All I can think of when I read and her this is to think about the ending of the movie KIDS.
If you have not seen this movie, it was one that changed my behavior and reinforced smart thinking. (Plot summary here)The E!Online story continues…
“We were unaware of any extradition being sought and separate counsel will be retained for those proceedings,” Polanski attorneys Bart Dalton, Doug Dalton and Chad Hummel said in a statement.
Swiss officials say they will not release Polanski, a French citizen, until the extradition process is complete (or has been firmly denied). The Chinatown director fled the United States in 1978 before he could be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in California.
Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful intercourse with a minor and was told he would be credited for time served and avoid further jail time. Apparently fearing the judge would renege on the plea bargain, he fled the country in 1978 and has technically been a fugitive from justice ever since.
Polanksi’s camp filed a motion this year to have the decades-old case dismissed, a motion that his now fortysomething victim supported, but L.A. Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza insisted Polanksi appear in person to make his case. The filmmaker said he had no plans to return to these shores, ever.
Switzerland has a limited extradition treaty with the U.S., so…we’ll see.
L.A. District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said that her office learned of Polanski’s travel plans last week and alerted Swiss authorities, who picked him up at the airport.
(Originally published Sept. 27, 2009, at 9:16 a.m. PT)
Now, this dude had a traumatic experience happen to him with the death of his wife Sharon Tate and many others at their home while he was out of town, but this doesn’t excuse him. I am fine with him coming back over here to at least stand trial for the crime/finish his sentencing. Polanski married Emmanuelle Seigner in 1989 and had kids. What would he think if someone tried to have sex with his daughter when she was 13? Hopefully, he comes quietly and does the right thing….