Polanski wants rape charges dropped

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski‘s lawyers are asking a California court to drop a statutory rape charge against the director. He was charged in 1977 with perversion, sodomy and rape by use of drugs and pled guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. However, after his conviction, Polanski fled the country for France, where he has continued to make films. The young victim, Samantha Gailey, described the incident afterwards, saying, “It was not consensual sex by any means… It was very scary and, looking back, very creepy.” Lawyers for the French-Polish filmmaker claim that a recent documentary about him — Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired — shows that the legal process was unfair and they have asked for a “complete dismissal of the case” so he can return to the United States to work. A hearing is scheduled on January 21st.

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  1. Nancy • December 3, 2008 @ 10:53 AM

    OMG! Of all the gall! “The legal process was unfair”………YOU’RE NOT ONLY A CHILD MOLESTER….YOU’RE A RAPE HOUND! If the legal system had been “fair”…this young lady, Samantha, would have been able to decide your fate….

    Stay in France…the farther away, the better!!

  2. Nancy • December 3, 2008 @ 5:53 PM

    He looks like a creepy pedophile too!!

  3. tributegirl • December 3, 2008 @ 6:07 PM

    He probably wants the charges dropped so that he won’t be found guilty, go to jail, and get raped himself!

  4. Whatever • December 3, 2008 @ 6:41 PM

    whats “unfair” is that this jerk still hasn’t paid for the crime he committed.
    to him it was 30 years ago….such a long time right?
    tell that to the young girl who has to live with it forever.
    go to jail jerk.

  5. nat • December 4, 2008 @ 12:40 PM

    actually the girl now 40 years old said in an interview that she is totally fine and does not want him convicted , and that even though it was not consensual, she feels no anger towards him and wants him to return to the states to work. Polanski is a great director and most people don’t know the true complete story , her words not mine, so if the so called victim holds no grudge and wants him to work in the states who are we to say any more on the subject.

  6. mandee • December 4, 2008 @ 2:11 PM

    well, if she holds no grudge and wants him to work in the states, maybe she wasnt really raped after all. because if i was raped by a movie director(producer?), id be suing him for all hes worth and not just be ok with what happened. (and yes, you CAN sue and charge years down the road, the police told me that themselves). and i dont think he should get special treatment just because hes a movie director(producer?)! if that were any normal person he would have been in jail a LONG time ago, and he wouldnt have been able to *flee to france* this is such crap. 13 is illegal no matter how you look at it, i cant even believe he would try and get the labels or charges dropped. he definitely needs to be put in jail. its been such a long time though, im not sure they still actually put you in jail this far into it. but im sure he probably did the same thing to other young girls, theres no way he can be a child molester without having more than one victim. wonder when/if the others will ever come forward?

  7. Nancy • December 4, 2008 @ 3:24 PM

    According to the article above, Polanski “pled guilty to having sex with a 13 year old girl”……so yeah, I’m entitled to judge this piece of crap…so are you! I don’t care how GREAT of a director he is or wishes he was…he’s scum!!

  8. Alex • December 4, 2008 @ 4:14 PM

    Mandee – he married the other ones. Or gave them starring roles in movies so they would keep quiet.

  9. Whatever • December 4, 2008 @ 5:14 PM

    i agree with what rowena said.
    anyone who says different is just stupid.

  10. mandee • December 5, 2008 @ 1:20 AM

    well, thats just sick. someone just needs to kill him and get it over with, people like him dont deserve to be alive.

  11. Anonymous • December 5, 2008 @ 2:24 PM

    Maybe someone will, maybe that’s why according to nat, this “girl” claims to be over it and wants him to go back to the u.s. to work, maybe she wants to settle the score herself outside of court.

  12. smelly_the_hutt • December 5, 2008 @ 3:00 PM

    You people need to learn your history. At the time this happened, Polanski was a very disturbed man. His wife and unborn child were brutally murdered by the Manson family shortly before and their blood and remains wer smeared all over his house. “Helter Skelter” was writ large on the wall of his living room with his wife’s blood. Polanski came home to find this.

    I’m not saying it excuses his actions but part of the “fairness” of the system involves his own confession, given at a time of extreme duress. This can’t be ignored. Tbe legal system has to have the same rules for ALL accused persons, Polanski included. His noteriety for this crime does not provide an excuse to uphold his conviction without considering the issue of fairness. This works in reverse too, just as some of you have pointed out. He should not have the conviction overturned just because he’s a famous director. Fortunately, that is not what’s happening here at all. Polanski is simply exercising his legal right to a fair trial process, the same as anyone else. It must be this way for the legal system to work.

  13. Robert • December 5, 2008 @ 3:35 PM

    Oh, okay smelly. I didn’t know that if horrible things happened to you at some time, you can molest, rape and/or sodomize children and have people think it’s okay. Good to know.

  14. smelly_the_hutt • December 5, 2008 @ 3:40 PM

    I said no such thing. We’re focussing on the confession.

  15. Tracy • December 5, 2008 @ 5:25 PM

    of course she wants him to come back to the states. that way she can have him killed easier lol

  16. Nancy • December 5, 2008 @ 5:37 PM

    Well, if Polanski’s confession was made under such “duress”, that is his problem…he should have kept his mouth shut! Charlie Manson should have “smeared” this creep all over the walls!!

  17. Nancy • December 5, 2008 @ 5:41 PM

    Oh Anonymous and Tracy, if she does have him bopped off maybe she can get off on the charges for being under such ‘DURESS’…what do you think Smelly? Do you think that would be “fair”?…which brings us right back to the first comment!

  18. tributegirl • December 5, 2008 @ 7:18 PM

    I understand that he was going through a time of extreme stress, but that is still absolutely NO EXCUSE to destroy a young girls life! I mean, his wife and unborn child were killed, wouldn’t that make him want to hurt the people responsible, and not an innocent little girl? No, there’s something else wrong with his head, and I hope Samantha “fixes” it!

  19. trib • December 5, 2008 @ 7:44 PM

    smelly if you where that 13 girl don’t you think that you would want him locked up even through he was stressed please i find it disturbing that people still work with this guy

  20. Danielle • December 5, 2008 @ 8:01 PM

    Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, was brutally killed in August 1969. The statutory rape occured in 1977, 8 years later. All this duress crap didn’t prevent him from making movies including Chinatown (11 Oscar nominations), having girls friends and a (to all intents and purposes) normal life in the interim. And for the last 30 years, he’s been living like a star in France.

    Personaly, I consider him a pedophile, a rapist and sodomizer. I wouldn’t trust him a nanosecond with my child or anybody’s child.

    Since his conviction in 1977, I refuse to see his movies. No pedophile rapist is going get any of my money.

    As far as I am concerned, he should get the same punishment I wish to every pedophile or rapist: hang him by the testicles on a clothe line in the middle of winter in northern Canada until he drops to the ground. Then let him rot.

  21. Anonymous • December 5, 2008 @ 9:43 PM

    i would not of let my kid audition for his oliver twist movie

  22. Anonymous • December 6, 2008 @ 3:57 PM

    Of course he wants the charges dropped! What rapist wouldn’t want the charges dropped! But I say he should be punished according to Danielle’s method, it’s what he deserves!

  23. Nancy • December 6, 2008 @ 4:18 PM

    He’s a disgusting waste of skin who should have his little nuts slowly sliced off with a rusty top from an aluminum can and a red-hot curling iron rammed up his @$$!!!! Set an example for the rest of the sicko’s who think they can do these things to our children and get away with it!!

  24. Anonymous • December 6, 2008 @ 6:12 PM

    Hey, I like your methods too!

  25. mandee • December 7, 2008 @ 5:38 PM

    i completely agree with every one of your ideas. i think if the law was set that if you raped or murdered someones family member, after the police arrest you and prove YOU did it, they should hand you over to the family and let them do what they want to you for the next 48 hours. if they want to kill you, so be it, if not well great you get to be tortured and live with it for the rest of your life as well as with your guilty conscience. i think i have stated this opinion before, so some of you may already know it. 🙂

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