Sunday, September 27, 2009

Swiss Arrest Roman Polanski, French Government Declares America "Scary"

Does the French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand really think that arresting a fugitive who fled after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl is a mark of a scary America or is the Minister just an imbecile? You decide:

The French culture minister has denounced the United States for the arrest of director Roman Polanski in Switzerland, saying it is a "terrible thing and very unfair."

"Seeing him alone, imprisoned while he was heading to an event that was due to offer him praise and recognition is awful, he was trapped," French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said at a news conference today. "In the same way there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America, that has just shown its face."

It's taken 31 years for U.S. Department of Justice to catch up with Polanski, 76, who was arrested soon after arriving in Switzerland for the Zurich Film Festival on a U.S. warrant stemmming from the 1977 statutory rape of a 13-year-old American girl.

The Academy Award winner has continued a fruitful career in Europe despite fleeing overseas in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse.



At 6:34 AM, Anonymous cb on bonanzle said...

Manson follower Susan Atkins who had killed Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate died a couple of days ago and now this announced arrest of Roman Polanski.

What I can't understand is, how did Polanski manage to evade the law all these years with the so called technology of cameras and GPS, etc. There is just NO way that one can hide from the law with all of technology that is out there.

Something is just screwy here. I think the authorities DID know where he was hiding all these years. And one has to question as to why did they decide to arrest him NOW and not arrest him from years ago? Not to mention that this is going to cost taxpayers money for a trial that will drag on for years.

This is another example of how there is no such thing as "justice" in the justice system in the USA. Criminals go free while the innocent and victims get sent to prison.

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous abbee lee said...

I heard that Roman did admit he had sex with the 13 year old girl; however, he was not charged with rape. … what he did was wrong, even if it was long ago, he still was made responsible for this

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Carolyn Marie Fugit said...

He hasn't been "hiding all these years". He's traveled mostly to places that won't send him back to the United States. He has made several films since then and even sued Vanity Fair (though he didn't attend the trial because he could have been sent back to the US). Polanski used his money and clout as a famous director to escape the country.

I really don't understand how it's "scary" that the US is trying to bring back an escaped fugitive (he did plead guilty, after all). But France is just trying to protect its citizen. They don't extradite French citizens so if they reacted with "Oh, well, time had come," they're not doing a good job of protecting their citizens. But the US does have a responsibility also to protect their own (such as the 13 year old he sexually assaulted).


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