Convicted child rapist Roman Polanski appointed Cesar Awards president

Convicted child rapist Roman PolanskiFrance’s National Film Academy — Académie des César — tweeted Wednesday that they were “proud to present” convicted child rapist Roman Polanski as the president of their 42nd awards ceremony. The Césars are considered the French equivalent of the Oscars.

This has understandably sparked outrage in the United States, where Polanski pled guilty in 1977 to raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl after drugging her. Following his conviction, Polanski fled to France, where he has lived in exile and thrived as a director for almost 40 years, except for a short time in 2009, when he was arrested in Switzerland and detained for extradition to the United States.

He was later released on bail and in 2010, freed when the Swiss denied the request for extradition. Also in 2010, another of Polanski’s victims went public. British actress Charlotte Lewis told the media: “He just said very coldly, ‘If you’re not a big enough girl to have sex with me, you’re not big enough to do the screen test. I must sleep with every actress that I work with, that’s how I get to know them, how I mold them.'” This happened four years after he fled the U.S. as a convicted child rapist.

Polanski, now 83, was born to Polish parents in France and is a citizen of the country, which has no extradition treaty. He’s scheduled to deliver the opening and closing speeches during the Césars Feb. 24 ceremony in Paris.

Do you think Roman Polanski should be honored by the French Academy? Tell us your thoughts below in the comments. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Rochelle • January 19, 2017 @ 5:51 PM

    Congratulations to Roman Polanski. One of the best directors of all times.

  2. Al • January 19, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

    Dear Alexandra Heilbron,

    I’m not sure your headline is appreciated as it is manipulative. Roman Polanski was accused of rape but only in the United States, not in his home country France. And Samantha Geimer herself she wished Polanski could be forgiven as she has done.
    My point is, please stick to reporting movie news, and don’t bother us with your passive aggressive views on an event nobody cares about anymore.

  3. Claudette • January 19, 2017 @ 7:08 PM

    I’m totally onboard that any man taking advantage of a young girl is deplorable. For those of you here asking about his children … you not old enough to know how Roman is connected to Charles Mason … Charlie sent his posse into Romans home while he was not at home. His very pregnant wife Sharon Tate was at home and had guests that evening. Sharon was brutally murdered as was their soon to be born son, as was the guests. Now Hollywood at that time and before … it was pretty common for men to take advantage of women trying to get into silent movies .. and the talkies… the men in Hollywood could make you or break you …. it was a mans world. And that’s the way it was … key word here is what was … in the 1970s began the action for women’s liberation…..overall women got tired of being second class citizens, used, abused, stuck barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, obeying their husbands, overall being treated as door mats … Roman was certainly not the only man in Hollywood to own a casting couch .. he just happened to be exposed as woman’s liberation had taken hold. Mankind been around for 3.5 million yrs .. nobody questioned any mans moves or demands….. nice to see some countries have put a stop to it … but the work is not done yet….you can hate Roman … he is just one in a laundry list of men in Hollywood before him …

  4. Mary • January 19, 2017 @ 9:46 PM

    Agenda is right. I receive the Tribute email newsletter and the headline was “Outrage over convicted rapist Roman Polanski honor”. I think Tribute should report the news instead of trying to manufacture it.

  5. KathyK-inTO • January 20, 2017 @ 2:02 AM

    The decision to honour Polanski doesn’t say much for the French Film Academy & their apparent disregard for the wellbeing of children unable to give consent.
    DISGUSTED by this action of the French film industry.

  6. Bob • January 20, 2017 @ 2:16 AM

    Rochelle…..you wouldn’t be congratulating this criminal if it was you or your child that was raped and sodomized.

  7. Rodney Newton • January 20, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

    Poland should have extradited him to the United States. Roman should not be involved in winning an Oscar or Cesar award.I consider him to be a criminal, just like Charles Manson in California, at Sharon Tate’s home. I’ve seen his movies and heard all about his private life.

  8. alex • January 20, 2017 @ 3:11 PM

    I respected and admired Polanski as a film director before I learned that he had drugged and taken advance on an aspiring young actress. I consider myself a person with an open mind and believe that art is a complex thing but to abuse power as an artist to satisfy perversity hats way beyond and artists humanity.

  9. Samantha • January 20, 2017 @ 7:57 PM

    Those of you who are complaining about this article being manipulative or biased must be in support of child rapists. I don’t see anything biased about it at all, it’s just stating the facts. Was he convicted of raping and sodomizing a child? Yes. Did he plead guilty? Yes. Did he run away to France before they could put him behind bars? Yes. And by the way, France is not “his home country.” He was born there to Polish parents but raised in Poland. The only reason he’s living in France is because they don’t have an extradition policy.

  10. Werdfu • January 22, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

    DEAR KANEY ,I agree with all you said about trump,
    Trump WAS NEVER CONVICTED YES CONVICTED OF UNLAWFUL SEX WITH A MINOR!!!OR ACCUSED..
    POLANSKI HAD HISTORY OF DATING UNDERAGE WOMEN,NATAJASSA KINSKI AT 15.
    So enough with your totally off topic liberal political rant!!!!
    This has nothing to do with any politician left or right!!!!
    It’s about a convicted yes convicted child rapist who is now about to be honored for an award!!!

  11. Candy Osborne • January 22, 2017 @ 3:22 PM

    I want all the news. I am outraged. For those of you poor babies whining to just report the news, just the facts? That’s what they did. If you want all your news filtered ask Mommy or Daddy to censor it for you.

    As for one person who stated there will be judgement I saw no glee at all, just that she took comfort that a CONVICTED PEDOPHILE would not escape judgement forever. If countries don’t cooperate to make sure convicted criminals serve their sentence after conviction at least some can take comfort in the fact that eventually we will all be judged.

    Poor victim wants it to go away, so that people forget about her, simple as that.

    Disgusting animal…and that is an insult to animals.

  12. Nadine • January 22, 2017 @ 11:35 PM

    Al, the writer did her job in sharing this news. Roman Polanski is a convicted rapist. He is being honoured by the French film industry. Period. He wasn’t convicted in a country where he had no access to a fair trial. Why even bring up the fact that he doesn’t live in the US? I hope you’re not suggesting that when men are away from home, they can do what they want, or that the French film industry doesn’t consider his crimes “real” because they happened overseas.

    Whether the women he hurt forgive him or not is truly no one’s business but theirs; their forgiveness isn’t even *his* business. Sexual assault & abuse survivors forgive so that they can heal and move on in their own lives. If Polanski has come to some awareness of how he hurt those girls and he’s truly sorry for it, then bully for him. My only wish for people like him is sudden, blinding self-awareness and all the regret, shame, and suffering to go with it.

  13. Nadine • January 23, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

    The writer reported the news: Roman Polanski is a convicted rapist. He is being honoured by the French film industry. Period. Why even bring up the fact that he doesn’t live in the US? I hope you’re not suggesting that when men are away from home, they can do what they want; or that the French film industry doesn’t consider his crimes “real” because they happened overseas.

    Whether the women he hurt forgive him or not is truly no one’s business but theirs; their forgiveness isn’t even *his* business. Sexual assault & abuse survivors forgive so that they can heal and move on in their own lives. If Polanski has come to some awareness of how he hurt those girls and he’s truly sorry for it, then bully for him. My only wish for people like him is sudden, blinding self-awareness and all the regret, shame, and suffering to go with it. BUT why wold he? How exactly has he suffered since being able to use his privilege to escape prison and continue his professional & personal life unimpeded in any way?

    And please don’t bring up Manson; that has nothing to do with this.

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