Thursday, October 1, 2009

Time to refocus the Polanski arguments

When Academy-Award winning director Roman Polanski was arrested Saturday in Zurich you would have thought a freedom-loving patriot had been unfairly detained for speaking out against a totalitarian political regime.

Petitions for free Polanski were circulated and signed by people in the entertainment community whose work I greatly admire.

Here's the deal, however. Polanski confessed to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 after plying her with Quaaludes and champagne. Then, when a plea bargain he thought was in place that would have kept him out of jail began to fall apart, he went on the lamb and fled the country. There is a warrant out for his arrest. Roman Polanski, the adult, preyed on a child and I don't care how many years have passed since that happened or how many fine films he has made in the interim, he must still be held accountable for this crime to which he confessed.

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