Filmmaker Roman Polanski, breaking a months-long silence, said Sunday that the U.S. is demanding his extradition from Switzerland on a 33-year-old sex case largely to serve him “on a platter to the media.” The child rapist remains under house arrest in his Alpine Swiss chalet, laid out his case against extradition, via a statement distributed by Bernard-Henri Lévy, a friend of Mr. Polanski’s and the director of the French magazine La Règle du Jeu.
“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,” he wrote. “I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else.”
Polanski suggests the case against him is unjust and riddled with problems. Each argument begins with the phrase: “I can remain silent no longer.”
One of Polanski’s complaints is that Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, “who is handling this case and has requested (the) extradition, is himself campaigning for election and needs media publicity!” Cooley is running for California attorney general.
“I can remain silent no longer because the request for my extradition addressed to the Swiss authorities is founded on a lie,” Mr. Polanski wrote in the statement.
In 1977, Roman Polanski, then aged 44, drugged and raped 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer), on March 10, 1977 at the Mulholland area home of actor Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles.
“We did photos with me drinking champagne,” Geimer says. “Toward the end it got a little scary, and I realized he had other intentions and I knew I was not where I should be. I just didn’t quite know how to get myself out of there.” She recalled in a 2003 interview that she began to feel uncomfortable after he asked her to lie down on a bed, and how she attempted to resist. “I said, ‘No, no. I don’t want to go in there. No, I don’t want to do this. No!’, and then I didn’t know what else to do,” she stated, adding: “We were alone and I didn’t know what else would happen if I made a scene. So I was just scared, and after giving some resistance, I figured well, I guess I’ll get to come home after this”.Geimer testified that Polanski gave her a combination of champagne and quaaludes, a sedative drug, then kissed her, performed cunnilingus on her, penetrated her vaginally, and then penetrated her anally, each time after being told ‘no’ and being asked to stop
We are not talking about a 17 1/2 year old, “Judge I swear she said she was 18.” Polanski drugged and liquored up and raped a 13 year old child, then he scooted out of the country. He still gets support from Hollywood, saying it happened so long ago give the guy a break.
There aren’t many crimes worse than drugging and raping a 13-year-old child. Roman Polanski plead guilty to a lesser charge and then skirted the law by leaving town. I believe that his punishment has been long over-due, and his Hollywood supporters should be ashamed of them selves. Just because Polanski has talent as a film maker doesn’t make him any different than any other child predator.
I wonder how Polanski would react if Charles Manson, the man responsible for the murder of his first wife, Sharon Tate and their unborn child was suddenly let out of Jail because its been 40+ years since their crime. At least Manson spent time in Jail for his crimes