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Roman Polanski Can Remain Silent No Longer

When I first read this statement from Roman Polanski, his first concerning his rape of a 13-year-old child, I felt no sympathy or compassion for him.  In fact when he was arrested in September of last year, I felt no sympathy or compassion then either.  His statement makes no difference to me because he is trying to make himself seem like the victim.  A fugitive child rapist thinks he is the victim.  Take a minute and let that sentence sink in.  I’ll wait for you.

Welcome back.  One particular sentence in his statement that really irks me is, “I can remain silent no longer because the California court has dismissed the victim’s numerous requests that proceedings against me be dropped, once and for all, to spare her from further harassment every time this affair is raised once more.”  My question to him is this: since when do you care about this victim?  And by the way, your victim has a name.  Her name is Samantha Geimer née Gailey.  I wonder if it makes it easier to feel sorry for himself by referring to Geimer as “victim” instead of Samantha.  God forbid the person he illegally drugged and raped be given a name and a face.  I also wonder if he sends her a card for her birthday every year.  Do they keep in touch?  Oh wait, he illegally drugged and raped her so I imagine they don’t have much of a relationship today.  And of course she wants this to be over with.  She has already sued him and been compensated in a civil settlement.

In his statement, Polanski asks “only to be treated fairly like anyone else.”  Well Mr. Polanski, last time I checked, failing to appear in court as directed by a summons is a crime for which a bench-warrant can be issued for being in contempt of court.  So not only did Polanski rape a child, he fled the country to escape justice.  That’s a whole different can of worms that he has opened on himself!  Since he has already pleaded guilty and been charged of having unlawful sex with a minor in 1978, there is no statute of limitations governing the case.  However, by fleeing to France he committed another crime.  This is what makes his situation a horse of a different color.  And it’s something that Polanski hasn’t really addressed since crying foul over his arrest.

Polanski argues that the “new District Attorney, who is handling this case and has requested (his) extradition, is himself campaigning for election and needs media publicity!”  I guess Mr. Polanski has forgotten that he has been on “red notice” by Interpol, which alerts other countries that the United States is seeking his extradition.  There has been a U.S. arrest warrant for him since 1978 and an international arrest warrant since 2005.  He is a fugitive!  People can argue that Polanski has been in Switzerland before, but in order to request extradition from a certain country, the United States had to know his exact whereabouts before they could even contact the country to start laying the groundwork for an arrest.  Polanski knew exactly where he could go and where he could not go and he was very smart about his travelling arrangements.  Polanski himself said that Switzerland is a “country that I have been visiting regularly for over 30 years without let or hindrance.”  Mr. Polanski obviously did not know, or did not care, that an extradition treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Swiss Confederation had been signed in November of 1990.

Despite all these facts, many international celebrities, 138 to be exact,  have signed a “Free Roman Polanski” petition.  The majority of the petitioners are French celebrities, however many filmmakers that I actually respect and admire are also included.  I was surprised to see Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch, Sam Mendes, and Martin Scorsese among these filmmakers.  And the fact that Woody Allen also signed the petition almost makes it seem worthless.  These people argue that “it seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him.”  Excuse me?  So we are supposed to feel sorry for this fugitive child rapist because he is a great artist?  If the man in question was a regular Joe Smith who drugged and raped a child and then fled the country, are we to believe that these same people would sign a petition to save him?  Oh and Joe Smith isn’t “one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers.”  Would Martin Scorsese sign a petition to save a non-talented man in this same situation?  No, I don’t think so.  So why are these people defending Roman Polanski?  Are we really supposed to feel sorry for this poor little rich rapist because he is artistically talented?  I don’t care if the man discovered a cure for cancer, AIDS, or Parkinson’s disease.  If he’s a rapist he needs to be “treated fairly like anyone else.”  See how I used Polanski’s own quote against him? 

Polanski says that he was “bailed in very large sum of money [sic] which I have managed to raise only by mortgaging the apartment that has been my home for over 30 years.”  It was reported that Polanski paid $4.5 million bail.  Again, he’s trying to make himself look like the victim.  Are we supposed to believe that an Academy Award-winning director couldn’t afford $4.5 million without mortgaging an apartment?  I’m not buying it.

To conclude, it should be obvious that I believe Roman Polanski should be extradited.  It’s time to stop running and face the consequences.  What are your opinions about this matter?  Whether you agree with me or not, I’d love to hear from y’all!

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  1. Beli
    May 25, 2010 at 4:47 am

    You go girl…..agree with you 100%

  2. Billy
    January 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I fully agree. 🙂

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