Just a few weeks after a California appeals court denied without comment a petition by victim Samantha Geimer to dismiss the three-decade-old sex case against the director, Roman Polanski is speaking out about "being served on a platter to the media" for his 1977 unlawful sexual intercourse conviction.
Originally indicted on six felony counts (to include rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy), Polanski fled the United States in 1978 the day before his sentencing. His victim, Ms. Geimer, has repeatedly asked that the case be dismissed. The Top 10 Sex Scandals Of 2009
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"I can no longer remain silent," says Polanski in a posting on French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy's website. And has "decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words."
"He wants it to end. She wants it to end. So what's the problem?" Goes the conventional wisdom behind his post, which places blame for the renewed interest in his case squarely on the 2008 documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and election-year media whoring on the District Attorney's part.
So, what say you? Shall we just write this off as something that happened in the '70s? Write the case off because Ms. Geimer doesn't care any more? Write it off because he's still making such good art? Or, should he be brought back to California? Even if this is all just a big sideshow. What say you?
Here is his full statement below:
Throughout my seven months since September 26, 2009, the date of my arrest at Zurich Airport, where I had landed with a view to receiving a lifetime award for my work from the representative of the Swiss Minister of Culture, I have refrained from making any public statements and have requested my lawyers to confine their comments to a bare minimum. I wanted the legal authorities of Switzerland and the United States, as well as my lawyers, to do their work without any polemics on my part.
I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words.
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I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else.
It is true: 33 years ago I pleaded guilty, and I served time at the prison for common law crimes at Chino, not in a VIP prison. That period was to have covered the totality of my sentence. By the time I left prison, the judge had changed his mind and claimed that the time served at Chino did not fulfil the entire sentence, and it is this reversal that justified my leaving the United States.