Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Defending Polanski

I fully expect Roman Polanski's lawyers to fight his extradition. That's their job. I don't blame his victim for wanting to forgive him and let him get away with it now that it's been thirty years. We all know she'll get trapped in the center ring of a media circus that will be uglier than the event if he gets hauled back here to jail. I greatly empathize with her position.

But for everyone who is casting Polanski as the victim now, see Kate Harding. However else the man acted in his life since, thirty years ago he raped a child and ran from justice. He's the villian. There's no happy ending in this story.

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Anonymous Mike Goldman said...


3:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would the people who so support him now, still do so had he raped their child? Could they forgive him of that crime after 30 years? The fact remains that he drugged a child, then took sexual liberties with her. Later admitting his guilt, then fleeing the country to escape prosecution. No amount of good film making can erase this flagrant behavior on his part. Laws exist as a deterrent to committing crimes. An individuals sorrow, or deeds thereafter, after committing an infraction of the law to the level that he did should never be given be cause to forgive the individual of the crime itself.

3:44:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That what I think too folks.

1:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Larkspur said...

I'm real glad his victim has come to terms with it. I read that she said most recently something like "Years ago he did something really gross to me", but that it was the continuing media coverage that had messed with her life. (Of course, he did the thing that caused the media coverage, but I liked her spirit: "he did something really gross to me". If I were her parent, I would not be able to view it as "something really gross" - it's so much more - but I think it speaks to her resilience that she can.)

Of course, this is not the victim vs. Polanski, it's the State of California vs. Polanski, and it has to play out, I hope with as little further upset to his victim as possible.

In any case, although Polanski settled a civil suit with her years ago, he should come up with another big ol' hunk of compensation to account for this much-delayed revisiting of the matter. He chose to flee. Now it's a circus all over again, and it's his fault.

7:02:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's the thing Larkspur. THe rule of law applies to everyone, or no one. And unfortunately, the victim is so often, victimized by the crime and the media afterwards.

9:54:00 AM  

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