Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Should Polanski face justice for illegal intercourse with 13-year-old aspiring model?

Source of photo: The Blogger

A debate has erupted over whether film director Roman Polanski should be extradited to the United States to face justice for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in March 1977.
Wikipedia temporarily suspended editing on its Roman Polanski page because of clashes over whether the page should emphasis the director's movies or his crimes, the Entertainment Daily blog reports.
Some of Polanski's supporters in Hollywood say the 77-year-old director shouldn't be extradited because California authorities mishandled the prosecution. An HBO documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, revealed flaws in the legal case. And in January, victim Samantha Geimer, asked authorities to drop the matter.

Samantha Geimer

The New York Post said Geimer, now 45 and living in Hawaii, publicly forgave Polanski in 1997. She said:
I have survived, indeed prevailed, against whatever harm Mr. Polanski may have caused me as a child. I got over it a long time ago.
Geimer's willingness to forgive doesn't mean that California authorities suddenly have no responsibility in the case. They should continue to pursue it.
Authorities should be held also accountable for mistakes they've made, if that's possible decades later. But authorities' mistakes shouldn't excuse Polanski's crime.
The director pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, then an aspiring model. He was about to get a slap on the wrist - something like 90 days total time served - when the judge evidently tried to renege on the plea bargain. Then he fled to France.
He spent just 42 days in prison in California. That's not enough for what he did.
In 1977, he was a 43-year-old man who gave a teen-ager champagne and part of a Quaalude pill and then had sex with her against her will, prosecutors say.
Before you decide on Polanski's fate, read this 18-page memo that prosecutors filed in January 2009. Warning: It is sexually explicit.

Roman Polanski in 1979. Photo credit: Snap/Rex Features

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