Roman Polanski, Fugitive and Hollywood Hero
ZURICK: In 1977 Roman Polanski, then aged 44, seduces a 13 year old girl, Samantha Gailey. According to court transcripts Polanski first lures the young unescorted girl into posing for nude and semi-nude photos.
Her mother thought he was photographing her to consider her for upcoming screen roles, but Polanski had something else in mind. In his second photo shoot at the home of Jack Nicholson he gives the 13 yr-old alcohol, and to make sure she becomes compliant to his sexual advances gives her quaaludes. When she was sufficiently pacified he raped and sodomized her.
The crime, flight from justice are old news. But what is disturbing is the reaction of Hollywood and the entertainment industry to his recent arrest by Swiss police.
Polanski was arrested and was initially charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. After his conviction he fled the country and has been at large until his recent arrest by Swiss authorities September 30, 2009.
What makes this case so interesting are the statements by Hollywood elite who have come to his defense. According to the Guardian, names include Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Harvey Weinstein, Pedro Almodóvar and Ethan Coen, among many others. Their position was articulated by Whoopi Goldberg on The View. These Hollywood rapist apologists would like for you to listen to them and their “reasonable dialogue.” The problem with this is the court transcript which details the heinous crime by this 44 year old monster, perpetrated on a 13 year old innocent. You can read the transcript at the SmokingGun.com.
We can understand a vicious criminal trying to escape punishment, but what does it say about the Hollywood elite who wish to excuse it?
We say to all his defenders: READ THE TRANSCRIPT. Then if you can still defend him, thanks for the warning. That tells us a lot about you. Maybe some day you’ll end up in our NIP Hall of Shame.