Hollywood luminaries continue to speak out the prosecution of a confessed child rapist. Polanski, the rapist won an Oscar, you see. So he shouldn’t be held accountable for his crime like a normal person. Steve Lopez of the LA Times writes a scathing critique against these apologists. His piece is worth reading in full. Here is a sample:
Q: Did you resist at that time?
A: A little bit, but not really because . . .
Q: Because what?
A: Because I was afraid of him.
That’s Roman Polanski’s 13-year-old victim testifying before a grand jury about how the famous director forced himself on her at Jack Nicholson’s Mulholland Drive home in March of 1977.
I’m reading this in the district attorney’s office at the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building, digging through the Polanski file to refresh my memory of the infamous case, and my blood pressure is rising.
Is it because I’m the parent of a girl?
Maybe that’s part of it.
But I wish the renowned legal scholars Harvey Weinstein and Debra Winger, to name just two of Polanski’s defenders, were here with me now. I’d like to invite Martin Scorsese, as well, along with David Lynch, who have put their names on a petition calling for Polanski to be freed immediately.
What, because he won an Oscar? Would they speak up for a sex offender who hadn’t?
To hear these people tell it, you’d think Polanski was the victim rather than the teenager.
And then there’s Woody Allen, who has signed the petition too.
You’d think that after marrying his longtime girlfriend’s adopted daughter, he’d have the good sense to remain silent. But at least Soon-Yi Previn was a consenting adult.
I’d like to show all these great luminaries the testimony from Polanski’s underage victim, as well as Polanski’s admission of guilt. Then I’d like to ask whether, if the victim were their daughter, they’d be so cavalier about a crime that was originally charged as sodomy and rape before Polanski agreed to a plea bargain. Would they still support Polanski’s wish to remain on the lam living the life of a king, despite the fact that he skipped the U.S. in 1977 before he was sentenced?
Is it any wonder that Hollywood puts out the smut that it does? These are some of the most powerful names in the movie business and they have, apparently, almost no moral core. If we cannot stand up for child sex abuse victims, then what do we have left?
Read the full article with its graphic description of Polanski’s calculated, heinous crime. And then ask yourself: How can these people make excuses for this child rapist? What possible reason could there be to excuse this man from facing accountability for his crimes?