Roman Polanski is a great director, there is no doubt of that. Howver, the 76-year-old Academy Award-winner was recently arrested in Switzerland and now awaits extradition proceedings. Many have sprung to his defense, but excepts of his victim’s testimony may dissuade many of his supporters.
In 1978, Polanski was charged with drugging and then having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, Samantha Geimer, at the home of Jack Nicholson. At the time, Polanski said the girl was both experienced and consensual.
The charges were later dropped as part of a plea bargain, with the director admitting to a lesser charge of unlawful sex with a minor. It became apparent that the judge in the case was going to renege on the deal, so Polanski fled the U.S.
The victim in the case, Samantha Geimer, now married with a family, has repeatedly said that she doesn’t believe Polanski deserves any more jail time, but excepts of her testimony may sway public opinion in the direction of authorities.
Some damning statements in the testimony, which paints a far different image than that given by Polanski. An example of the victim’s testimony:
Q: What did he say?
A: He goes, ‘Well, you’ll be better.’ And I go, ‘No, I won’t. I have to go home.’
Q: What happened then?
A: He reached over and he kissed me. And I was telling him, ‘No,’ you know, ‘Keep away.’
A: He asked, he goes, ‘Are you on the pill?’ And I went, ‘No.’ And he goes, ‘When did you last have your period?’ And I said, I don’t know. A week or two. I’m not sure.’
Q: And what did he say?
A: He goes, ‘Come on. You have to remember.’ And I told him I didn’t.
Q: Did he say anything after that?
A: Yes. He goes, ‘Would you want me to go through your back? And I went, ‘No.’
Polanski’s lawyers said they will fight extradition, so this sort of testimony will be key if the U.S. wants to be successful in their proceedings.
Additionally, LA prosecutor David Wells had admitted Wednesday that on-camera statements he made in the documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” were actually lies. These statements noted that he spoke the presiding judge, Judge Rittenband before sentencing and told the judge that Polanski deserved prison time. These statements had been used as ammo for claims that Polanski was railroaded.
Definitely not good news, on top of Polanski’s victim’s testimony. Finally, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has called for a boycott of Polanski’s films, while at the same time ripping Polanski’s supporters “who apparently believe that drugging and raping a 13-year-old child is not a serious crime”.
I just feel like, he survived the Holocaust, his wife and unborn baby were killed by the Manson clan, and he’s 76. Has he not suffered enough? Perhaps I am too lenient in my views.
The full transcript of Polanski’s victim’s testimony can be found here.
Originally on SNAFU-ed