May 3rd, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Roman Polanski breaks his silence on extradition effort

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski has published a personal appeal to Swiss authorities asking that they deny a request by California prosecutors to extradite him to the United States.

"I can remain silent no longer," Polanski said Sunday in a posting on a website run by his friend, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.

The Oscar-winning director's letter came 10 days after a California Court of Appeals Judge Peter Espinoza denied a petition by his victim to dismiss the 33-year-old sex case against Polanski.

"I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words," he wrote.

Polanski, director of "The Pianist" and "Rosemary's Baby," argued that the extradition request was politically motivated by a prosecutor who is seeking publicity and it was unfair because he had already served his sentence.

He pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, but fled to Europe before he was sentenced. He has been the subject of an international extradition battle since he was arrested in Switzerland in September on a U.S. fugitive warrant.

Swiss authorities released the director from jail on $4.5 million bail in early December "pending extradition" to the United States.

“I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life." Polanski wrote. "I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."

Polanski fled the country after learning the judge might not go along with the short jail term he expected to get in exchange for his guilty plea.

The recent documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" portrayed backroom deals in 1977 between prosecutors and a media-obsessed judge who was worried his public image would suffer if he didn't send Polanski to prison.

Polanski said his case was "roused from its slumbers of over three decades" because the documentary "drew the ire of the Los Angeles authorities, who felt that they had been attacked and decided to request my extradition from
Switzerland."

"The new District Attorney, who is handling this case and has requested my extradition, is himself campaigning for election and needs media publicity!" he wrote.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is currently a candidate for California Attorney General.

Polanski wrote that he served his complete sentence in California's Chino prison 33 years ago.

"That period was to have covered the totality of my sentence," he said. "By the time I left prison, the judge had changed his mind and claimed that the time served at Chino did not fulfill the entire sentence, and it is this reversal that justified my leaving the United States."

He cited as evidence the sealed testimony given under oath in February by the retired prosecutor who was in charge of his case in 1977.

Prosecutors argued his 45-day confinement at Chino was only for Polanski to be evaluated by psychologists.

"Such are the facts I wished to put before you in the hope that Switzerland will recognize that there are no grounds for extradition, and that I shall be able to find peace, be reunited with my family, and live in freedom in my native land," Polanski wrote.

Post-production on his latest movie, "The Ghost Writer," was completed while Polanski sat in a Swiss jail.

Polanski, who was living in France before his arrest, is under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.

A Los Angeles judge ruled in January that Polanski must return to the United States before the court can consider his legal arguments against his returning to prison.

"The defendant is a fugitive," Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said at the time. "A fugitive child rapist ... should not be given the power or authority to request anything of this court until he, the criminal, acknowledges this court's lawful authority by surrendering on his outstanding warrant."

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office could not be immediately reached for comment over the weekend.

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  1. mapper

    Tiffny said guys like young girls.. Wake up call women seem to like young boys to. The only diffents is that a guy get a LOT more time. A female teacher gets 7 years but get out in six months, By say she will not do it again. A men gets 15 years and 99% of the time he has to do all the time...

    July 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. adammer

    if he is innocennt ,then why try fight the extradition ,lying s.o.b.
    let him rot in jail

    June 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Maggie

    @janek,
    BTW, that picture of Catherine Denueve, mislabeled as the victim, is a scene from the 1965 movie "Repulsion." The movie was directed and co-written by Roman Polanski.

    You can see a preview of the dvd here, and see where that picture comes from:

    http://www.criterion.com/films/404

    May 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maggie

    @janek,
    you aren't talking about this, are you? Because the top picture is actually of French actress Catherine Deneuve, who was in her 20s at the time. Someone made a mistake in labeling this as the victim.

    http://www.layddeencrazyb.com/2009/09/samantha-geimer-picture-polanskis.html

    May 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maggie

    "Look at the picture of her taken by other people days before not at the photo shoot. Then tell me what she looked like."

    @janek,
    What picture are you talking about? Please tell me where to find it.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maggie

    EDIT:

    @janek, please provide links to show that Douglas Dalton, Polanski's lawyer at the time, filed 2 motions to have Judge Laurence Rittenband removed before Polanski FLED THE COUNTRY.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maggie

    "Polanski's attorney at the time filed 2 motions for a new judge but were dismissed. Do your research."

    @janek, please provide links to show that Douglas Dalton, Polanski's lawyer at the time, filed 2 motions to have Judge Laurence Rittenband removed before Polanski pleaded guilty.

    AFTER Polanski fled, Dalton filed misconduct charges against Rittenband:

    "Mr. Polanski’s defense submitted an affidavit charging Judge Rittenband with bias, prejudice and unprofessional conduct, and Judge Rittenband ultimately agreed to allow another judge to handle the case."

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/is-polanski-case-nearing-its-end/

    May 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maggie

    "Look at the picture of her taken by other people days before not at the photo shoot. Then tell me what she looked like."

    @janek, please provide a link for that picture.

    I provided a link above of pictures that were taken by Polanski himself, in the bedroom at Jack Nicholson's house, within an hour of the s e x. They were from the scene of the crime, at the time of the crime.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. janek

    @Maggie

    Polanski's attorney at the time filed 2 motions for a new judge but were dismissed. Do your research.

    Look at the picture of her taken by other people days before not at the photo shoot. Then tell me what she looked like.

    have a nice day

    May 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maggie

    "The 13 year old “Victim” was dressed up like a Vegas street walker. Look at the pictures from the period."

    @Janek'
    you can look at pictures that Polanski himself took of the girl that night:

    http://films7.com/story/files/samantha-geimer-roman-polanski.jpg

    Is this really what a "Vegas street walker" looks like?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maggie

    "lock him up and through away the key"

    @janek, the judge was actually prejudiced towards Polanski when the guilty plea was taken. He let Polanski leave the country for 3 months to make a film AFTER he pleaded guilt, but before his psych evaluation. Anyone else, especially a foreign citizen like Polanski, would have had to turn over their passport. Since Polanski was a French citizen, it was a big risk for the judge to let him leave the country.

    The judge saw a picture of Polanski partying at Octoberfest, when Polanksi was supposed to be working on the film, and got angry. He said that comment to a reporter who asked him about the picture right after the judge first saw it. It was a heat of the moment comment, but if Polanski thought the judge was prejudice against him, he could have asked for a new judge. He had the right to withdraw his guilty plea. There were legal options for him other than running. Polanski had the best defense lawyers money could buy, and they knew all his legal options.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maggie

    @janek & @schmeckle,

    are you both saying that because Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson bought their way out of guilt, that Polanski should be able to do that as well?

    I feel sorry for the many people who can't afford the best lawyers like those 3 can.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. schmeckle

    And OJ Simpson is still looking for the "real" killer....

    May 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. janek

    @ maggie

    At least 3 decades ago, he went before a prejudiced court, stood up and admitted it. He left because he knew that the rest of the trial was a circus and as the judge put it "lock him up and through away the key".

    What did Michael Jackson do ??.

    Bought his way out..

    So Gay Pedophiles with money can buy their way out. ???

    What I was saying is that let this new trial go before an International impartial Court. not one in LA

    May 5, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Maggie

    "I say let the man have his say and day in court "

    @Janek, Polanski had his day in court 3 decades ago. He pleaded guilty, admitting his crime and that he knew how old the girl was. All that was left was the sentencing, but fled before he could be sentenced.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Janek

    @ Joe May 4th, 2010 2:45 pm ET.

    What message did the justice system send when Michael Jackson bought his way out of a trial and prison.

    Maybe if he stood trial and was sent to prison that would have sent a message to serial Pedophiles.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Janek

    Now I'm not saying the man is totaly innocent but come of folks you are all turning into a lynch mob here.

    It is so easy to send a man to prison from the othe rend of a keyboard.

    I say let the man have his say and day in court but make it the International Court not the court system that they have in LA.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Janek

    OK so the majority of people here are wanting Polanski sent to prison

    Do any of you know the actual facts?

    Go back and review them before spewing out trash.

    The mother was turned down for an acting part by Polanski and was bitter.

    It was the mother who arranged the photo shoot and herdropped daughter off and left. What kind of mother does that? Where is her guilt in this?

    The 13 year old “Victim” was dressed up like a Vegas street walker. Look at the pictures from the period. She does not want Polanski prosecuted, why do you think that is?

    May 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Maggie

    "You know this is politically motivated, after American authorities were silent for 30 years. "

    Actually it was a combination of the film "Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired" and Polanski himself, that caused them to renew their interest in extradition. The film brought attention to the case. Then Polanski filed papers to have the case dismissed. They had to review his case files because of this, causing them to decide to extradite him.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Maggie

    @ dennis "His parents were killed by the Nazi's, his wife and child were killed by the Manson family. Polanski has already suffered enough for one lifetime."

    Because Polanski has suffered, does that mean he has the right to make someone else suffer without being punished for it?

    BTW, Polanski's father died of cancer in 1984.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Maggie

    " Is there a pattern of behavior?"

    Yes. Polanski had a number of public relationships with teenaged girls in France. Nastassja Kinski became his lover when she was 15. He started his relationship with his now wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, when she was a teenager.

    In 1979 Polanski gave an interview to Martin Amis:

    “If I had kil led somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!”

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaeldeacon/100011795/roman-polanski-everyone-else-fancies-little-girls-too/

    May 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. DodiaFae

    @ dennis "His parents were killed by the Nazi's, his wife and child were killed by the Manson family. Polanski has already suffered enough for one lifetime."

    So, if you've suffered, that gives you a get out of jail free card for breaking the law in the future? That is truly the most asinine argument I've heard yet on his behalf.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Maggie

    "What did the 13 year old girl LOOK like? Did she look 18?"

    Here are pictures that Polanski himself took of the girl that night:

    http://films7.com/story/files/samantha-geimer-roman-polanski.jpg

    May 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. DodiaFae

    susan, my question to Alecia goes double for you. Being a victim of CSA, YOU should know better.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Janek

    Last. Look at your beloved Michael Jackson. One of the biggest perverts and Pedophiles. True he was not convicted, but why? Because he paid off his victims and family with millions of dollars. Then laughed about it. No one was screaming for him to go to prison. Plain and simple Plain and simple

    So get grip people we have bigger problems here: California is going broke, the US is gradually becoming the “United States of China”, we have an oil rig that is polluting the Gulf and Obama is doing nothing about any of it.

    We are in serious trouble and need to focus on getting these problems addressed before we spend unknown dollars that we do not have to prosecute a film maker.

    That is all I have to say about that.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Janek

    The trial it self was politically motivated. Evidence and witnesses were tampered with. The chief detective had provided a sworn affidavits to that effect.
    The Judge was well known for wanting publicity, and there are sworn affidavits that he will do what ever to takes to send Polanski to prison
    The DA was up for re-election and the prosecutor wanted to make a name for himself.

    Look at all of the “convicted” people that are being release from prison as a result of DNA testing.
    When was the last time a police department or justice official admitted that they were wrong. They are trying to protect their reputation and one of their own.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Denise

    My questions are these......if we knew all along where he was, why did it take 33 years to decide to bring him back? Why was he not chased after immediately after he fled? Why do we promote his movies here in the U.S. ? His distress over the murder of his wife and unborn child should not be an excuse to sleep with a minor. Also, the girl's mother should have been prosecuted for child endangerment if she knowingly allowed her daughter to get involved in that craziness.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chuck`

    Should all crimes be judged according to the needs of California right now? Who the hell would say such a thing?

    May 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Rike

    Dave, if Polanski hadn´t been Polanski the girl wouldn´t have spent time with him.
    Ok, your turn!

    May 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Lori

    It says clearly in this article that he left the country before he was sentenced. Now where in the H*ll does he get that he served his sentence, when he left before they could even give it to him?

    Vpompe-

    Rediculos(sp?) isn't it??? He must be a moron....

    May 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. DJ

    > "Roman Polanski has been completely railroaded from square one in this case – he did nothing wrong beyond having poor judgement and taking this girls word that the situation was copacetic."

    When I was 20 I met a girl at a party. She was beautiful and I was thunderstruck. About 200 kisses later a friend whispered in my ear that she was 14. I had figured 18 or 19. Right about the same moment she was pulling me toward a bedroom. You say he just had poor judgment? I was out of there so fast I practically left skid marks. What was his decision? Most people would do what I did. Few would do what he did. Relatively few, anyway. You can't always just chalk things up to "poor judgment" like it's okay. If you are fighting with someone and you go too far and kill him, heck, that's poor judgment, too. See? Same two words, not okay.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Edgy DC

    Joe: "What message would be advanced by allowing the victim to determine whether the crime should be swept under the rug?"

    And, may I add, allowing it 30 years later after she has gotten on with her life (she'd certainly have to) and been handsomely paid.

    It's emotionally distressing for her to continue pressing the issue in vain. That's why we have to.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dave

    Rike, if Polansky were like everyone else, he would never have been able to escape for 33 years.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Joe

    When should a system of justice be based on asking victims whether they would like to see the assailant tried? Some rapists would go free while others who do the same crime may be tried, all depending on whether the victim would like to see justice. The justice system serves a purpose broader than the victim; it expresses and reinforces our society's notions of what is proper conduct (and serves as a valuable deterrent). What message would be advanced by allowing the victim to determine whether the crime should be swept under the rug?

    May 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Rike

    Of course Polanski is NOT treated like everyone else.
    If Polanski were "everyone else" the attornies wouldn´t bother to drag him away from Europe after 33 years.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Joe

    He's obviously not that bright of a guy. How does he expect leniency when he isn't admitting that what he did was wrong? Really wrong. He'd get more sympathy from the public if he admitted his mistakes and took the punishment.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dejesus

    Agreed with Erik up above. Come on already.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SAY

    Once a pedophile always a pedophile. Get him off the streets and send him back here to the U.S. and get him in prison. ... Are you kidding, and truly believe he should just be left alone; would you leave a neighbor who is molesting your kid alone? The victim here is the kid.....drugged, sodomized.....just lovely. Ya know...it just proves that some people don't have much respect for children...or even like them much. Unless, of course, if it is their prince or princess who is the receiver of such craven behavior.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. DollParts

    Steve Cooley is avaricious and ambitious. There is no doubt whatever in my mind that this is about personal gain and publicity.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Edgy DC

    Justice is part of the state's budget.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. david

    Well said Erik.
    Money is better served spent elsewhere like the states budget.
    eh victim doesnt even want this.

    What a waste.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Edgy DC

    schmeckle: "Google pictures of Sharon Tate and what she looked like after she was murdered."

    His lawyer can make this argument in court.

    "He has lived for 30 years in France as a law abiding citizen, a husband, and a dad."

    And as a fugitive child rapist.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  43. friend

    Tiffany .. it's "attracted" .. not "attractive" .. for others: if you post .. check your spelling

    May 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. schmeckle

    Google pictures of Sharon Tate and what she looked like after she was murdered. He had to identify her body and that of the unborn baby. Leave the guy alone already. Come to Newark, NJ where the real crooks are. Where they let out murderers after serving 1/4 of their sentence and then they kill more people. Samantha Geimer and her mother set him up. EVERYONE knows that. He has lived for 30 years in France as a law abiding citizen, a husband, and a dad. He has suffered enough. And Samantha and her mom laughed all the way to the bank.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Doug

    We do need to send a message to Polanski (and other celebrities) that none is above the law. Polanski needs to come to the US to settle his legal issues according to the court. Any incurred court cost and debt to the victim should also be addressed.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Edgy DC

    Obama Fan: "What will be accomplished throwing him into prison now?"

    Justice. And with it, the message to all child rapists that you can't charm, swindle, buy, or wait your way out of your crimes, as Mr. Polanski has attempted to do over the years.

    The victim does not need to proceed. The case was at the sentencing stage when he fled.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  47. leighann

    How many victims HAVEN'T come forward?

    May 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dee

    I just thought it should be pointed out, from to comments being made – Michael Jackson was never convicted of child molestation. So, according to the United States law, he is innocent. He doesn't need to be "forgiven" for anything. Roman Polanski, on the other hand, is in fact a convicted child rapist. There's a huge difference.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Obama Fan

    I understand the desire for the DA to seek "justice" in this case. However, the case is over three decades old. The victim in this case, herself, has stated she wishes to move on and has said she is against further pursuit of legal action.

    I don't agree with what Mr. Polanski did, but if the victim does not want to proceed, and the case is that old, what will be accomplilshed? He's lived in exile and has missed out on many financial and career opportunities. What will be accomplished throwing him into prison now?

    May 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Edgy DC

    Kristin, the facts of the case were investigated by a grand jury, and Polanski has admitted to the key facts, so the "nobody knows" angle doesn't really work. We all know he is a fugitive from California's justice system.

    If he wants to contest those facts now, or to claim that his rights as the accused have been denied, he should come back and do that.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  51. e

    He says ""I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else.""

    Does he think everyone else would have had a chance at a shortened sentence and had the ability to flee to luxurious accommodations in another country and then continue their successful career. This man has NO concept of reality. If he had served the pathetic and weak sentence he was getting 30 years ago countless hours and dollars would have been saved. For the crime he did, he should have been in jail for the past 30 years, not whining that he should be left to do what he wants.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Kristin

    So I am in agreement that if you do the crime, you do the time, but none of us were there when this happened. No one but the victim, and Roman and probably the victims mom really know what happened that day. From what I have read, the mother encouraged her daughter to spend time with Roman in the evenings, drinking, carousing, etc. Then she drops her off at his home by herself to privately film, not a wise parental decision. I am not saying this advocates his behavior, but it all sounds pretty consentual on the victims part as well as her mothers.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  53. George

    beware of this blod – they only print what they see politically fit....

    May 4, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  54. Lisa S

    Did I miss his apology for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl??

    May 4, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  55. Edgy DC

    Bryan: "I don't care if he gets extradited or not, but why would people boycott his films? They're still really good. Go see The Ghost Writer."

    We boycott his films in order to withhold from him the financial means and status through which he's been allowed to remain at large and avoid justice.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  56. Edgy DC

    "SHUT UP."

    No. I'm an American and I'm not going to be bullied out of my speech. You're being a bigot.

    I'm a Catholic. I want every child rapist - priest and otherwise - prosecuted. Why my posting (not talking) is unworthy because nobody cares what I think, but yours are not, I'm unsure. But I think it's because you actually do care what I think.

    Please ease up on the caps lock.

    cdgfla: "Stop commenting Edgy DC."

    No, why should I?

    "No one gives a rats ass about your opinion"

    Apparently, you do.

    "Stop blogging like you have a clue about the facts of this case, the deal, etc."

    I know a whole lot about this case. You're wrong.

    "God. Journalism is dead and what we get in exchange is every idiot with a computer talking out of thier A$$es about things they have no clue about."

    Please don't make assumptions about my intelligence. (You're wrong.) And impugning somebody's intelligence is no way to make an argument.

    "STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTH AND REPLYING TO EVERYONE. NO ONE CARES."

    Again, you clearly do. And I'm not running my mouth. I'm posting. As you are. Please let up on the cap lock and dispute facts.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  57. cdgfla

    America: the home of self righteous hypocritical idiots who love to inject their opinions into every little issue as if they think ANYONE cares. I am from here and it sickens me. They support and give money to the pedophile Kings, i.e. catholics, yet want Polanski drawn and quartered in all thier indignant self righteous fake anger. SHUT UP.

    THE VICTIM AND FAMILY DO NOT WANT JAIL TIME. IT WAS 33 YEARS AGO AND NO ONE CARED UNTIL NOW. THE JUDGE AT THE TIME WAS CERTIFIABLY INSANE. THE CURRENT PROSECUTION WANTS TO MAKE A NAME POLITICALLY.

    God. S t o p t a l k i n g as if anyone cares what you think.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  58. cdgfla

    Stop commenting Edgy DC. No one gives a rats ass about your opinion. Stop blogging like you have a clue about the facts of this case, the deal, etc. God. Journalism is dead and what we get in exchange is every idiot with a computer talking out of thier A$$es about things they have no clue about. STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTH AND REPLYING TO EVERYONE. NO ONE CARES.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  59. Edgy DC

    Facts R Facts: "there was a deal in place, the girl lied, the judge was overstepping! drop it already. she was a lil tramp!"

    Blame the victim? This is justice?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  60. Edgy DC

    Erik: "You know, in the context of things at the moment, with everything happening on the world scene, with the victim having grown up and forgiven him, maybe, just maybe we should put the politics aside and spend the $$ on things that are NEEDED now"

    How is it political to prosecute a child rapist and a fugitive from justice? As far as I know, these aren't issues over which political factions battle.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  61. Edgy DC

    RICK STANLEY: "Is there a pattern of behavior?"

    Yes.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  62. asdwck

    Wow, so many people who are revengeful. I agree with Rick Stanley. Get those pedophile priests first!

    May 4, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  63. RICK STANLEY

    So, let me get this straight if you would. One single act, 33 years ago, branded this man a pedophile? Is there a pattern of behavior? What did the 13 year old girl LOOK like? Did she look 18? I honestly don't know. Meanwhile, back at the farm, there are dozens, if not HUNDREDS, of SERIOUS PEDOPHILE PRIESTS walking the streets who have histories of hundreds of acts of child molestation going back DECADES, and not a whole lot is being done.

    I agree with this gentleman...this is a prosecutor who wants some publicity. End of list.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  64. Lazy Susan

    Such big words, pedophile, child molester, rapist. Come on ladies, get the facts straight before you go accusing. You sound like a bunch of irrational people on a witch hunt. This guy is not the monster you're painting him out to be. He fled and he got away. Let it be. It's the American culture that thrives off this kind headline and California is taking advantage of it.

    I think extraditing him is a big leap for a "child molester".

    Manuel Noriega, a Panamanian citizen was extradited to France over Panama. He didn't kill people in France,he laundered money. Seems to me that the US needs to get their priorities straight as to who needs to be extradited for what and to where.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  65. Debi

    Pedophiles are proven to be repeat offenders....what gets me thinking is how many more did he do this to and have yet to be caught. Take his ass to jail so bubba can give him the same treatment. Eye for an eye.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  66. Grandma

    I remember that when this event happened there was surprise that the girl was much younger than she looked. She, too, wishes to forget the whole thing. Why spend all that money now when things were settled between them at the time. Is it because he is rich and famous? It amazes me the way pols wanting to get publicity will use just about anything to get their name on the Internet.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  67. WinterBoard

    I think its incredibly slimy that he is trying to get out of this. "They're doing this for votes!" They tricked me with the plea deal!" Umm, you're a pedophile. You like to prey on young girls. So, yes you get a fair trial and all...but you cannot expect a short sentence out of the crime you committed. Why would a child molester get a plea bargain in the first place? He's saying he want to be treated like anyone else, well, anyone else would be treated like you are! Nobody wants to help a predator! As for people bring up Michael Jackson, that has nothing to do with this. That case was much more complex. This is just a straight case of statutory/assault. People will bring up MJ when they have no good argument to make.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  68. Zico

    All of you that are supporting this child molester are doing so because it wasn't your daughter or yet your a$$ that was violated. If Catholic priests that abused children decades ago can be prosecuted today, I see no reason why Mr. Polanski should be spared.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  69. Bryan

    I don't care if he gets extradited or not, but why would people boycott his films? They're still really good. Go see The Ghost Writer.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  70. James B

    I think that because he's a pathetic "artist" who's wife just happened to be murdered, a lot of people believe that his self-imposed exile should count as time served.

    His debt is not to his victim or to society, it is to the state. His punishment or lack thereof should not be subject to the whims of public opinion.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  71. Rike

    Amy, there is no death penalty for unlawful intercourse with a minor, which is the correct legal term.
    If you are looking for justice, keep to the law yourself.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  72. Amy

    It doesn't matter if the woman doesn't care anymore. He sodomized a child, and he deserves a bullet. If you think that he should be let go just because his victim doesn't care, then you are just as horrible of a person as he is.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  73. Amy

    Manson should have killed him instead of his child.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  74. ding dong song

    he is the highest regard.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  75. Kenneth

    You know this is politically motivated, after American authorities were silent for 30 years. And the grown-up victim also wants it put to rest. Some officials in law enforcement are up for election. We prosecute when it is convenient and serves our self-interests. Those of you who are pro-prosecution for Polanski are self-righteous and no doubt parents. I can't relate because I have no children, you'll say. Americans are self-righteous, and the rest of the world can see it, and more.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  76. mark

    let his people go . time is time she doesn't care . the only people who care are the political machine of california . and we all know know how savvy they are . there is way more important stuff to think about . so let it go

    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  77. jesse

    the lady doesn't care anymore. why should we. why are we wasting money on this. he makes good movies. we should lock up guys like rob zombie who make crappy movies.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  78. Cec

    I love how the Hollywood types believe they are so far above the law. Polanski, cry me a river.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  79. doris enow

    Polanski lived a life of luxury for decades after he committted the crime and now wants the folks to feel sorry for him. There is no excuse what this man did. He was an authority at the time, he was a movie director/ producer and actors trusted him just like you trust a teacher , cop or any authority, he misused that trust and fled when it was time to pay for the crime.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  80. Maggie

    "exept it didnt sit well with him that he didnt get a big conviction because of his political motivation he played that judge by showing the judge a picture of polanski in a oktoberfest beertent, and baited him to renegg on the agreement of the evaluation that polanski had completed and passed per courtorder as required.the prosecutor illegally influenced the judge.can the prosecutor be held liable?"

    You are mixing up the prosecutor handling the case, Roger Gunson, with prosecutor David Wells, who is alleged to have had exparte communication with the judge. Wells said the the film "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" that he talked to the judge about the case and convinced him to send him to jail for a long time. But Wells has said that he lied in the film, telling the filmmaker what she wanted to hear, with her assurance it would only be shown in France.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  81. doris enow

    Polanski still doesn't get it after all those years and you would think he should be a wise man in his age. He committed a horrible crime. He sodomized a 13 year old girl and from what I understand drugged her. The girl had no way to defend herself and the mother was made believe she was in trusting hands. Now all that man thinks is , how to defend himself. Even the president of France doesn't get it. It's time Polanski faces up to it, it is a crime what he has done and it was a crime. And it doesn't matter what prosecuters or judges feel, he , Polanski committed a crime and fled the country instead of facing the court for it. Every other joe out there would have gone to jail for this crime for a very long time and they still do.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  82. suzy diamond

    Not only was this girl 13, she was given liquor and drugs! You do the crime, you do the time. After all these years he needs to take responsibility already for what he did and stop blaming the system, or the prosecutor, or whoever else he can think of. It's HIM, ALL HIM!! It's going to be much harder now with his age but that's his problem. He had his chance to make amends along time ago but he literally ran out and now he got caught. DO THE TIME!

    May 4, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  83. Jared

    It doesn't matter if the girl willingly took the drugs or sought Polanski out. He claims to be a man, then he should be man enough to control himself around children regardless of the booze / drugs or "context of the times". Failing that, he should be man enough to accept the consequences of his actions. But Polanski is not a man, he's a coward and a criminal.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  84. Maggie

    "the point was he was told she was over 18 by her mother.why?"

    She didn't tell him that. Polanski himself admitted he knew how old the girl was. Since he was doing a photoshoot of "tweens" an 18-year-old would have been too old for the job.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  85. Andy

    Most of you don't know the story but you are quick to comment. this case was all about politics not a justice. RP was right to skip town before being crucified.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  86. Maggie

    "Hell, he's been separated from his family that entire time. I'd say that's WORSE than being in prison. "

    He hasn't been separated from his family for all these years. Polanski's sister and other family members lived in France, as did Polanski. It was his main residence, and he is a French citizen since birth. Polanski only came to America when he had a job here. Polanski eventually married a French actress, and their children were born in France.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  87. Donald

    James May 4th, 2010 1:44 am ET
    OMG! I can tell who the paedophiles are here. I don't forgive Michael Jackson and I am glad he's dead. The sooner Roman Polanski's doctor takes him out the sooner the world will become a better place.

    Hey peabrain, MJ was found NOT GUILTY!!! Polanski was found Guilty. He admitted to the crime, and he should go to prison.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  88. Kaitlan

    Michael said, ".."he fled, that makes him guilty!"".

    No, what makes him guilty, other than the actual deed, is the fact that he confessed to doing it.

    What is intriguing though is your stalwart defense of him, guilty or not. It doesn't seem to matter to you, just sweep it under the rug and move on.

    If I seem a little over zealous to you, you seem much to much the opposite to me. I have always been a defender of children in every possible arena. It's never TOO late as far as I'm concerned, to right a wrong, especially one perpetrated against a child.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  89. Michael

    Please, Kaitlan, tell me how you really feel.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  90. Kaitlan

    Michael, I sincerely hope you are not raising daughters.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  91. Michael

    Kaitlan – Has anyone actually said that they think he is above the law because he is rich? I haven't seen anyone say that. That's just something you keep throwing in there because you have no other argument other than "HE DID IT! HE DID IT! HE DID IT!", or "he fled, that makes him guilty!"

    I'm not making light over this "controversy". I'm simply sick of hearing about it. Something that happened 33 years ago is ancient history to me. The day the Berlin Wall came down is more recent! Not to mention during that 33 year period he never once broke the law.

    Stop living in the past and start helping the kids of the present.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  92. smoke and mirrors

    the point was he was told she was over 18 by her mother.why?

    May 4, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  93. Jim

    We need to keep a few facts in mind. This case is over 40 years old. The laws back then were quite different than they are today. His punishment will be based on the laws in effect at that time, not based on the penalties of today's laws. Another fact is 13 was the age of consent in many states back then. Many states allowed a girl of 13 to be married at that era of time.

    Today we call these people little girls. Back then they were considered young women. I am not condoning what he did. I am pointing out that what we are horrified of today, was upsetting back then. And I want to remind everyone that is calling for his blood – he will be sentenced based on the laws in effect AT THE TIME OF THE CRIME, and not based on today's laws with more 'teeth'.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  94. Calvin Hobbes

    Put him into North County Jail or the Twin Tower County Jail. He'll have a real correctional experience!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  95. smoke and mirrors

    the judge passed away during those 40 years,i guess thats why

    May 4, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  96. Kaitlan

    Yes, everyone makes mistakes. I certainly have made many. I made the mistake of buying a warranty from US Fidelis. I paid for it ,too. It cost me over $700 for that mistake. I trusted the wrong doctor and I'm paying for that, too. Maybe with my life. I've made lots of mistakes in my life, but I have NEVER, NEVER abused, neglected or molested a CHILD! Please stop making light of what this monster CONFESSED to doing. There is no question of guilt, he admitted it. He is a confessed child rapist. He absconded before sentencing. That is ANOTHER crime. Why do so many of you think he is above the law because he is rich? There is nothing as valuable as our children. How can you make light of the kind of crime he committed? As a Mother, I find it shocking.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  97. Rike

    CNN!
    If you can´t publish all comments because there are too many then why do you choose comments that are disrespectful and insulting?
    Wouldn´t it be a good idea to observe your own comment policy?

    May 4, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  98. Facts R Facts

    there was a deal in place, the girl lied, the judge was overstepping! drop it already. she was a lil tramp!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  99. Michael

    I'm willing to bet that everyone who posted here has in some way broke the law before. Have you all served your jail sentences? No? Oh, you didn't get caught and weren't convicted? That must make it okay then, huh?

    Everyone makes mistakes. The fact that it's been 33 years since he's broken any laws shows that he is not a criminal. If he were truly a pedophile don't you think Interpol would have picked him up by now? Use your brains, people.

    Hell, he's been separated from his family that entire time. I'd say that's WORSE than being in prison.

    Let it go already.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  100. david

    WHAT IF HE WAS NOT RICH, WHAT IF HE WAS BLACK OR LATINO, WOULD YOU STILL THINK HE WAS INNOCENT?? YOU STUPID PEOPLE, HE HAS TO PAY FOR WHAT HE DID.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  101. david

    PEDOPHILE, pay for the crime, simple. Even if the victim forgave him, we can´t tell if someone forced her to do so. Just judge the CRIME.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  102. smoke and mirrors

    if the courts are corrupt ,it needs to be overturned.the mother of the young lady lied abouth her age and then send her unsupervised to the castingcouch,she then tried to blackmail polanski after he did not want to make her a star as in sharon tate.he turned her down that is when those charges surfaced.the prosecutor smelled blood,that is why details of sodomy where leaked to the press and a pleadeal was made,because of previous mentioned details.exept it didnt sit well with him that he didnt get a big conviction because of his political motivation he played that judge by showing the judge a picture of polanski in a oktoberfest beertent, and baited him to renegg on the agreement of the evaluation that polanski had completed and passed per courtorder as required.the prosecutor illegally influenced the judge.can the prosecutor be held liable?

    May 4, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  103. Kerry

    Here are the facts. In the state of California, the legal age of consent is 18. It does not matter if she sought him out to engage is lewd acts. He is solely responsible for engaging in any actions. It matters not whether or not the victim says leave it alone. What message does it send about our justice system if we let him go? Celebrities get off free? He is sorry? The fact is that he fled justice, which is a crime too! The question that everyone needs to ask themselves is, what if this were a regular guy who did this? Would you really want to not persue him because he is sorry and the victim said she forgives him? I doubt it.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  104. Alex

    Hey Jeremy...you darn tard...does the word convicted mean anything to you at all?

    May 4, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  105. James

    OMG! I can tell who the paedophiles are here. I don't forgive Michael Jackson and I am glad he's dead. The sooner Roman Polanski's doctor takes him out the sooner the world will become a better place.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  106. smoke and mirrors

    why cant i post?

    May 4, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  107. Truthi

    Hmmmm...instead of ranting & raving whether he should be punished or not, since his victim wants this put behind her, i'd say the most sensible thing would be that he devote the rest of his sorry life to abused children. Let him spend his millions of finding missing children, saving abused children in true reparation for a the child he abused, educating poor children, giving medical treatment to sick children and granting the wishes of dying children. Let him PROVE that he truly is sorry to have stolen someone's childhood. I think this punishment would be a lifelong testimony to his guilt and be more constructive than just locking him away. Also, it would be an apt punishment for the millions who believe that their riches put them above the law. Let their riches pay the price of what they have stolen. Amen!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  108. Kaitlan

    I would like to ask a question of the bleeding hearts that think we should just forgive and forget and all live happily together. I'd like to know if any of you have DAUGHTERS? Young daughters? Are you OK with some sicko older man getting them drunk and sodomizing them? Is that OK with you? Is it OK if he was sad because his wife was murdered? Does that make it OK? That's just plain sick. I have daughters and I think the parasite should come back to face the music. He thinks 45 days of psychiatric evaluation is paying for the crime of raping and sodomizing a 13 year old girl. That is disgusting! He has paid nothing! He has been free to carry on his career with only minor inconveniences and has made a fortune. It's time to face JUSTICE! If he gets off by buying his
    freedom, he makes a mockery of our justice system.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  109. Valerian Ruminski

    Ok, so if he was such a dangerous felon why did they risk so many thousands of other children,, european children, be exposed to this crazed horrible rapist for 35 years!!! If he was SO horrible why didnt CA make it a priority at EVERY occasion to track Polanski down, extradite him, catch him? Why???? Because its PURELY POLITICAL ...their reasoning...but they SAY its because they want to bring a pedophile to justice. If they cared so much about bringing a dangerous pedophile to justice they would have done it over these past 30 years. That they waited shows you it isnt about protecting children....its about saving face.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  110. Randy Cudd

    Polanski is the prime example of Hollywood believing it has two standards of law – common law for commoners, and get away with murder for Hollywooders.

    This is where you get today's "stars" thinking a trip through a pathetic "rehab" is a suitable sentence.

    Child rapist – get him in an american prison and let his see for himself the pecking order in prison for pedophiles, rapists.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  111. KEVIN

    Although I agree that the DA is in it for political game more than justice, the case has merit none the less. If polanski wanted to be free of this stigma, he should have faced his sentence back in 77. Instead he decided that he should be the arbitrator of his sentence. That's not how things work in the US. If everyone could decide what their sentence would be, then there would likely be a lot more child rapists.

    For better or worse he needs to face it.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  112. girlinla

    I would tend to agree with publius enigma above. James D, it's 33 years later on.....nothing's happened.... and when the last chapter was read 33 years ago – close the book.

    Additionally, I would like to restate a comment that appeared far above mine that is very worth repeating – there are far worse crimes that go unresolved entirely or go unpunished or are under punished by the LA authorities, the DA's office and the Superior Court. Those are of course not crimes involving celebrities – just normal people. For instance, there was one man I knew whose daughter was murdered by a man that had a wrap sheet that included child molestation and a host of other offenses. This murderer got a whole 5 years for this girl's death and he'll likely be out any moment (a 5 year sentence apparently equals approx 2.5 years in actual time in CA)..... so we really need to spend all of this time on Roman Polansky for a crime from 33 years ago? Why not spend the time and money on getting people off the streets who are a real threat to society and who live here, in our state, and need to be locked up for everyone's sake?? Or is it that those cases just don't bring the publicity that Roman Polansky does?

    May 4, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  113. Charlie

    save your $$$ California and leave the man alone,
    Hollywood is full of young under age girls willing & ready to sleep
    with a director or anyone else in the movie business for that matter
    they are old enough to know what's going on.

    years before Polanski they were after Charlie Chaplin, after a vacation in his native England , on false charges they never allowed him to return, basically Mc Carthy hated him because C.Chaplin loved to marry young woman but after a lifetime, they changed their mind and offered him an oscar and he forgave them and came back to accept it
    he was in his 8o's and still with the same wife he had married when she was 16. AMERICA!!!
    LAISSEZ CET HOMME EN PAIX!!!
    ET VEILLEZ A VOS PROBLEMES PLUS SERIEUX.
    AMERICA, LEAVE THIS MAN IN PEACE
    AND TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR REAL SERIOUS PROBLEMS!!

    May 4, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  114. PAL

    If this man would have stayed and served his prison sentence this would have all been over a long time ago. Instead, he was afraid of the sentence a judge was going to give him for being a child rapist so he ran. He continued to live a regular life while he was a wanted man and slapped America in the face showing he could do this. The only reason he got away with it was due to him being famous. Any regular John Q. Childmolestor would have been returned to the US right away.
    He needs to come back and hear what his sentence would be and then added on that evading justice and serve his sentence like any regular person.
    His victim doesnt want him prosecuted as she doesnt want the publicity and she already got her money from him, or her momma did.
    Also, the difference between MJ and Roman was Roman was found guilty by his peers where MJ was aquitted by his peers.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  115. James D

    The way I see it, regardless of the victim forgiving him, you still have to punish him. Otherwise, it can lead to abuse later on. Like, domestic violence. A man beats his wife half to death and goes to jail, but she forgives him so you are gonna let him go? I don't think so.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  116. publius enigma

    I think if a judge and/or prosecutor reneges on an agreed upon sentence then the plea should be withdrawn and the trial should be held. It doesnt matter who the defendant is or what the crime is, you either stick with the agreement or you dont have an agreement.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  117. girlinla

    Taking valuable resources (time and money) and dedicating them to a case that has very little merit at this point is a waste of time and money. Even the court here in LA admitted there were serious problems with the way the Judge handled it at that time – therefore, most likely they would have to try him for this 30 year old case or work out another plea bargain? He's obviously not a threat to society and he lives in France so I don't feel like California needs to resurrect this case and pay for all of the costs just so the DA can make a play for the media. Most likely, this will get thrown out anyway. Roman Polansky served whatever time he served. Whether it was enough time or not, he obviously learned his lesson. He's not running around hurting anyone in France. We don't need to bring him back to the United States. Call it a day already.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  118. Larry

    Wake up people. This is not a question of guilt or innocence. That bridge was crossed a long time ago. He plead GUILTY.....a self admitted criminal felon, aka child rapist. That debate is over. HOWEVER, now he needs to serve his punishment. Also, it doesn't matter what the victim says or wants now. That only mattered when she was a child. He needs to be punished for victimizing a child.....unless you think that is ok from time to time. I don't.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  119. Drum Daddy

    Perhaps if this case should go to re-trial, perhaps the reason the girl in question wants no part of it is because 1) that wasn't her first encounter with an older man, 2) other men she & her mother tried to extort might surface, and 3) her Mother's role in pimping out her daughter to "celebrities" would come to light. Just perhaps....

    May 4, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  120. Melissa

    You guys do remember that his wife and unborn child had been murdered by the Charles Manson gang, right? Give the guy a break, it screwed him up.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Joel Richter

    First off his wife and unborn son where brutality murdered by the Manson family, second the victim does not want this to go to court and has filed to drop the charges. The man has not done any crime in the past 30 years. The courts are just out to drag this on and on as well as making sure that this stays in the light so that the people affiliated can be seen as hero's. I think it is foolish to drag this on since all the parties involved want it dropped. There are far worse crimes out there that are unsolved or are waiting sentencing. CA needs to move on and drop this case that happend over 33 years ago. Its not a Murder case.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Maggie

    girlinla,

    Polanski later had a number of public relationships with teenage girls. Nastassja Kinski became his lover when she was 15. He started his relationship with his now wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, when she was a teenager.

    Besides it doesn't matter if he did it again. He committed a crime, and didn't serve his sentence.

    Giving Polanski special treatment sets a precedent for other cases. If the charges are dropped, there will be lawsuits alleging their clients weren't given the same treatment as Polanski.

    If they let Polanski go, it says that if you flee long enough you won't have to pay for your crime. So anyone who is a fugative can say they don't have to pay for their crime because they had fled long enough.

    The victim wants the charges dropped, and Polanski has paid her a settlement. So others can agrue that if they pay off their victim they shouldn't be held criminally responsible.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Charles

    The case is a 40's year old man sodomizing a 13 year old girl. The GrandJury came back with 7 charges. Big Jail time. Polanski worked a plea bargin that gave him only one charge. Polanski feared the Judge would give him jail time at sentencing and then he ran to france which refused to extradict him. He has plead guilty already. And even before that, the 7 charges that the grandjury came back with, he was pretty much and open shut case. From what i read, there wasnt even any denial. They went straight to the plea bargin and he ran. He saw he wasnt getting out of it. He needs to return to the USA and get his sentence that fits that crime. Go do his time, then he can go home if he lives through it. But he mIght want to check with Phil Specter and see how hes doing. Should of done the time when you was younger. Now it could be the death of him. Sucks to be Polanski. Dont do the crime if you cant do the time. I wont make deroggotory remarks about his 2 beautiful daughters.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  124. girlinla

    This truly is an example of the DA in Los Angeles looking for media attention. Whether you like Mr. Polansky or not, or agree with his sentence that he served many years ago, look at the fact that he hasn't been arrested since – we would have all heard about it if he were running around Europe molesting 13 year olds for the past 30 years! But that's not the case at all. This is a crime that took place 30 years ago and Mr. Polanksy lives in France – he's not even here in the United States. The victim has to re-live this crime now that the "justice" system has felt it necessary to bring this to the media again. The California taxpayers get to pay for this mess. And this is all because a judge changed his mind on a sentence over 30 years ago? Again, this is just another example of the LA District Attorney's office wasting people's time and taxpayer's money. You'd think the Judge would have had more intelligence. We're really going to fly Roman Polansky here to LA so that these idiots can have a hearing, call all the media folks, and then the whole thing will get thrown out anyway? Do you have more money you'd like to throw into the Pacific Ocean? Anyone?

    May 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Maggie

    Polanski has actually talked about this case before.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/michaeldeacon/100011795/roman-polanski-everyone-else-fancies-little-girls-too/

    In 1979 Polanski gave an interview to Martin Amis:

    “If I had kil led somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!”

    May 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Angry Dad

    45 days for a celebrity is a harsh sentence in his mind. This kind of crime really needs to be a capital offense and those convicted sentenced to die. Why do we allow murderers and rapists back out where they can breed. Why don't we keep much closer tabs on the children of these people. If this is an inherited trait, then the decedents of these people need to be considered at risk for the same behavior. And anyone convicted should be sterilized.

    Bring him home and incarcerate him "like anyone else" and add on for "felony flight"

    May 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Patrick Powell

    Hope they put him in general population.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Bada Bing

    This idea that he's "breaking his silence" is so laughable–like he's been maintaining some elevated reserve, so full of dignity that he only now, at last, is forced to descend to acknowledging this affair. Boo hoo.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jeff B.

    I agree, Erik.
    I think that is the perfect message to send to all who would commit crimes. DO the crime. Then leave the country, and, years later, say that it's too late, and that we should let bygones be bygones. I feel safer already, Erik..for myself, AND my daughter.
    So, he gives a 13 year old booze and qualudes...the Grand Jury testimony states that she told him "no". yup – 45 days sounds about right to me. I'm sure you would request ...no, DEMAND, that he be treated as fairly as all the other Athletes and celebrities.
    The PEOPLE of the State of California vs. Polanski. What he did offends me, and many others. THAT'S why there are laws against it.
    SOBER, a 13 year old cant really give consent, and those of us who have kids that age know this all too well... THEN ply her with methaqualone and alcohol. Yes, I'm sure she was very level-headed at the time.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  130. phrightener

    Put this child molester in a cell with Charles Manson.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  131. catherine turley

    what would be fair for something like this:
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/polanskicover1.html

    May 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Maggie

    There was no plea deal regarding time to be served; it was a deal to drop the more serious charges.

    If a judge decides to reject a plea deal, then the defendant can withdraw their plea and go to trial. But this happens at sentencing, which they never got to because Polanski fled before sentencing.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0928091polanskiplea1.html

    May 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Durl

    It would not be a waste of tax dollars if it was your daughter!!!! MORONS! It's only paper...

    May 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Tigger

    Polanski was never "convicted" of the crime. He entered into a plea bargain which was acceptable to his lawyers the D.A.'s office and the judge. He fled the country after the judge took his guilty plea and decided to change the terms of the plea bargain to include more jail time.
    The only fair thing to do at that time would have been for the judge to offer Polanski a chance to withdraw his guilty plea and go for a trial since the plea bargain was being set aside by the judge. Polanski was never offered this option because the judge was more concerned about re-election that serving justice.
    If justice is to be served at this late date the same rules should apply. The plea bargain was broken by the judge early in the case and because of this, Polanski's guilty plea which was entered under the terms of the plea bargain should be withdrawn and a new trial should be offered to him.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  135. clay

    i love this man

    May 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Maggie

    Polanski knew her age.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0928091polanskiplea1.html

    MR GUNSON: On March 10th, 1977, the day you had se xual inter course with the complaining witness, how old did you believe her to be?

    THE DEFENDANT (POLANSKI): She was 13.

    MR. GUNSON: Did you understand that she was 13 on March 10th, 1977, when you had se xual inter course with her?

    THE DEFENDANT (POLANSKI): Yes.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  137. LB

    What purpose are they trying to serve by reviving a 33-year case? I'm not saying he doesn't deserve to be punished. The judge is dead and the victim has long since moved on. She wants to be left alone – that's why she tried to have the case dismissed. Let her have some peace.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  138. bubbayum

    how does roman polanski know its bedtime?????

    When the big hand touches the little hand......

    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  139. 7-2521

    All you limousine liberals who want child molestors to run free, legalize mary jane, legalize Pr os ti tu tion, well allow it in your neighbor and have Polanski as you next door neighbor and if you have a daughter, let her go to his house for sleepovers.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  140. NurseRiverBoat

    The SWISS must extracate this slimeball to the US for his delayed sentencing NOW!!!!
    To do anything less is enabling this criminal to reign free – it's like giving Hitler a pass.
    Too much t ime has passed with this Polanski rapist on the lamb.
    He needs to come home to the US and face the music for what he did. How dare he say he needs to break his silence?
    Somebody throw a quaalude down his throat, put him in a bag and ship him to the US for his judgement day.
    Other governments should not stick their noses in businesses that do no concern them.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Joleen

    Enough is enough.. stop already... how much money has been spent on this case...the women wants this to end... lets give her that... The DA, or whom ever it may be in CA, should just get off their high horse and put an end to this court drama.. .Lets focus on the more current issues that are plaguing California... Gangs, Illegal immigrants, drugs..the list can go on.
    For once, lets pay attention to our own back yard...

    May 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  142. whats the deal with ninth gate

    Just got done watching the ninth gate. The ending to that movie blows dogs for quarters. If this guy is going to break his silence he needs to be apologizing for a confusing god awful ending to a long movie. Hey Polanski if your going to bang pre-teens atleast have a little courtesy and make a decent ending to a movie. Was that girl the devil? I don't know? Do you know? Does anybody know? The ball is in your court Polanski.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  143. facts not all there

    Not all of the facts are being reported.

    The girl in this situation was claiming she was 18 to Polanski. Her mother also pushed her into having the modeling session to get her into movies and said she was 18. Polanski didn't know she was underage until after the events occured.

    He's lived a tormented life and is a brilliant film maker. The girl, now a woman, wants the case to end as she's moved on with life. She doesn't want to see Polanski in jail. The whole situation should be dropped. California should look into spending tax dollars in more useful ventures.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Eliot

    Is there a statute of limitation on common decency? This "man" is a coward who seeks to butcher the definition of resonsibility and place himself above all authority. Any penalty for the original crime ought to be multiplied to penalize him for his disrespect. The victim should have no say in the matter now than she would have at age 13.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Maggie

    undecided,
    Polanski was 43, not 30.

    She was not a professional model; this was her first job. .

    Polanski later had a number of relationships with teenage girls. Nastassja Kinski became his lover when she was 15. He started his relationship with his now wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, when she was a teenager.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  146. zacoben

    This person needs to spend the remainder of his years in a small cell with a large hairy man who want to dress him up like Lil' Bo Peep and draw breasts on his back every night. He was a grown man at the time. She was a minor. I don't care if she was naked and tripped him and beat him to the floor. He was a grown man. Freakin' hollywood.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  147. undecided

    I am on the fence with this one. On the one hand he was 30 and she was 13. He should have known better. But this was no ordinary 13 year old. She was a model, poising for pictures and she willingly drank and took drugs. So contributing to a minor, yes but not a pedophile. He did not do this before or since, so he is not a pedophile. Repeat behavior is a qualifier for that.

    He needs to serve a resonable term. I think that if the prosecuter and judge really wanted to work things out they could work with his laywers to do so. They don't want to. Once it is settled it will no longer be in the news.

    One quick way to solve it is to give it to a different prosecuter that is not running for office. Also, banning his movies sure would help.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  148. capexcitemnt

    he should plead insanity. he's just crazy about that stuff.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  149. hhm

    If I could get 45 days for committing a felony, there would be fewer idiot commenters on this blog. Put THAT into context.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  150. jmack

    She was 13. He did it. He plead guilty do doing it. He fled. He admits he fled. Time to come back and face the music.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  151. RIFRAF

    You want to be free Polanski? Uh NO! No only are you a pervert who should be in prison for that alone, but he also fled to avoid jail, which should add a bunch to his sentence alone. We definitely need something to deter people from fleeing to avoid jail. But I'll be nice and we'll cut a few years off your sentence if you agree to cut off a couple other things...if you get my drift.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Ken

    Just because this particular victim said it's ok doesn't mean there aren't possibly other victims that have never come forth. This is why in our justice system it is not up to the victim and family to determine a sentence. Plus if you read some of the court transcript you'll be disgusted by what he did and how premeditated his acts were.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Chris-Okla

    One last note. I see so many people who tell others that they don't know the story and then they go on to say something that is either untrue, unsupported allegation, or a tiny bit of the story taken out of context.

    There are some who try to make claims about the victim, that she claimed she was older or that she trapped him. Those claims are not true.

    Polanski knew the age of the child he victimized. He had to get her mother's permission in order to take the photographs (which he had done twice). He testified under oath that he knew how old she was. Years later he admitted in a magazine interview that he knew she was under age (he actually boasted about it). There is no honest way to claim he did not know her age.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Chris-Okla

    It really bothers me that much of the defense offered by Polanski seems to rely on ad hominem claims about others. He claimed that the judge was a media hound and now he claims that the DA who is trying to extradite him is looking for publicity.

    Polanski testified UNDER OATH that the psych evaluation was NOT the sentence and that he would undergo sentencing after the evaluation was complete. He further testified that there was NO plea deal other than dropping the rest of the charges. If what he is claiming about the deal is true, then he committed perjury in that testimony.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Todd

    Someone needs to shoot him in the back of the head already.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Chris-Okla

    There are many who argue that the victim has forgiven Polanski and has asked that he not be prosecuted.

    Unfortunately it is not that simple. Our system does not solely operate on the desires of victims. More important, in this case the woman is not the only victim. When Polanski ran, the state and all other victims of crimes became Polanski's victims. Allowing him to evade sentencing means that it was OK for him to run.

    I do believe that the woman should not be required to testify, but Polanski does need to be extradited to face the laws that he broke (the one to which he pled guilty and the one he broke when he fled the country). He stated under oath that he knew the evaluation was not the sentence and that he could face full sentencing.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  157. JJ

    The victim may be trying to let Polanski go so she can put this behind her, but in doing so she's being selfish to the countless other underage girls who may become victims of similar crimes in the future.

    People who commit crimes like this need to made examples of so they aren't repeated. Letting this guy go only goes to show others that this kind of behavior is A-OK. I assure you, it is not.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Jo

    He has no authority to judge whether or not his sentence has been served....considering he ran before they COULD sentence him. What an ass.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Michael

    Polansky is a bail jumper and a fugitive from justice. He can not be trusted to cooperate with any system at all. I believe he will jump bail in Switzerland as well. He may end up in Cuba this time.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  160. AshannaK

    Mr. Polanski may be a good director, but a good human being
    he ain't. Forty-five days doesn't even begin to 'cut it'. Forty-five
    years...maybe. And Cheryl...do you have special information
    that you haven't given to the police, information that proves that
    the mother of the 13 year old put her up to it? if you do, you are
    up there with the 'director'. You could have done something
    about this years ago. If you don't...maybe keeping your lips shut
    would be the greatest thing you could do.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Thomas

    Seems like everyone is missing the part where the VICTIM has asked...REPEATEDLY, over the years...for the authorities in California to just drop the whole matter...but they won't.

    Do I think he paid an adequate price for his crime?

    No.

    But what does it say about this whole thing that the victim is being ignored by the authorities?

    This stopped being about justice for the victim a long time ago. She forgave him and just wants to move on with her life – but the authorities in California won't let that happen – because some of them haven't gotten their full 15 minutes of fame yet.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Amy

    “I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life." Polanski wrote. "I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."

    What an absolute crock of s**t. And 45 days does not a prison sentence make. Also, Cliff, I'd like to add that I'm a liberal who considers her morals to be intact.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Cheryl

    LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE – For Pete's sake! Go after the mother of the 13 year old – if the woman is still living. She put her daughter up to it.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Larry

    Let me get this straight – he wants to be treated fairly, so he should NOT be returned to the US to serve time for drugging and raping a 13 year old? I don't care how great of a movie director he is, he should have to pay for his crime. God knows the victim still is.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Cliff

    I wonder how "liberal Sharon" would feel if this had been her child?
    Liberals are so out of whack...when it comes to morals.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Valerie

    "Sharon", have you read the transcripts from the TRIAL?

    Obviously NOT!

    Most of you people supporting Mr Polanski must be NUTS, had you read what ACTUALLY HAPPENED!

    May 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Neil Cooper

    Mr. Polanski is a convicted criminal that voluntarily fled the jurisdiction before sentencing. It is outrageous for him to claim that he is not being treated fairly. In addition to the sentence for the crime for which he pled guilty ,he should be charged with bail jumping or a similar offense and be punished by an additional sentence for that offense consecutive to the original crime. Further, he should be required to reimburse the government for the costs involved in bringing him back to the US so that justice can be done.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  168. ReginaM

    I can't believe the audacity of Polanski and the celebrities who are behind him in saying that he shouldn't be brought back to the US to face the music.
    I wonder how these people who want the sentencing droppped would feel if he had sodomized their daughter?

    May 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Rainyalaska

    45 days for raping a child? And when he thought that the judge might sentence him to more, he ran. Why in the world would anyone pity him? Even if there were problems with the judge and the DA, why run?
    Polaski caused all these problems himself. He has had 33 years to make this right. Bring him back to the U.S., give him a normal sentence for the crime and be done with it.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Bill

    So a convicted, admitted child rapist thinks he's being treated unfairly and a bunch of child rapist apologists on here think he's right? Ahh, I get it, anally raping little girls you've drugged and gotten drunk is ok if the little girl forgives you and you've been hiding in a foreign country for a while. Nice values, people.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Sharon

    Have you holier-than-thou types read anything about this case? The 13 year old girl presented herself as a much older teen and does not want to press charges. It was the 1970's.
    I really don't think Polanski is a pedophile.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Jet Levine

    Dear California Prosecutors: PRESS AHEAD - he is an admitted child rapist with incredible sociopathic arrogance to think that he should evade further legal action by reason of having fled criminal proceedings against him and by reason of having been on the lam for decades. The arrogance is outrageous. I hope the prosecutors office will INSIST on EXTRADITION to the US and throw the book at him. There is absolutely NO REASON why he should evade further criminal proceedings.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Gus

    As a father I would have already paid the guy a visit with my "little friend" where he is at in his precious villa.....enough said.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Cliff

    C'mon, CNN.
    Do you think ANYONE cares about this piece of slime?
    Why do you chose to give coverage to animals like this?
    This belongs at the Enquirer site...or Oprah...but not here!

    May 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  175. socalgal

    PS. This man has served no time. He has spent his life making moves and profiting by them with no restrictions other than not returning to the US by his own choice. Whoa, poor poor man.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  176. socalgal

    So, based on Polanski's point of view, if he personally has 'forgiven' the Manson monsters who murdered his wife, they should not serve time for the crime?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  177. lee

    If you were alive at the time this came out you would have to ask yourself-What was this chick's Mom doing there? She was there because she was willing to have her daughter do ANYTHING to get famous. She had her daughter made up to look way older and ALL of them were parting on drugs and booze. If you were in LA in 1977 and part of the scene at all-this would not have seemed an odd occurance to you at all. Getting in to clubs, party's, the Playboy mansion and other venues was no problem-if you were pretty-no one asked for ID's.

    Roman paid this girl big bucks and even she does not want to pursue this anymore because she knows what her mother did.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Matt C

    I love how people automatically assume justice hasn't been served and money should be spent to bring him to Cali. Does it not matter that the victim in the case was given a 6-7 figure settlement in the 80's and has publicly stated she does not want the matter rehashed?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  179. dennis

    His parents were killed by the Nazi's, his wife and child were killed by the Manson family. Polanski has already suffered enough for one lifetime.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somedude

      How farking dare you state something like that.
      Its pathetic. Perhaps since he suffered so much its ok to inflict suffering or his will onto others???
      Is that how you really mean it????????
      I hope if I commit a crime its against someone as misguided as you, then again I will take the fall because:
      A i am not rich.
      B my friends are not rich.
      C France wont harbor me.

      The problem with anonymity on the internet is some of these morans might be friends or neighbors...

      If he comes back and serves SIX months I will shut up about it.
      He ran like a dog

      June 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  180. John

    One, he never served his sentence, he fled before the sentencing took place. He was placed someplace for mental evaluation for 45 days.

    Two, the victim may have sought him out, but NOT for intimate relations contrary to what some idiots have said.

    Three, He has lived a very comfortable life away from the United States and made a fortune, so he has hardly suffered.

    Four, there is not a fortune being spent to get him extradited. It isn't free, but hardly a fortune. So if someone has enough money and drags their feet long enough, we are supposed to give up. Hope those who think CA is wasting their money will feel that way if THEIR daughters are assaulted.

    All he has to do is receive sentence and serve his time, which would hardly be that much. Serve it and be done. Otherwise, he is opening up to the constant damaging of his resting place, if and when he has an "accident".

    May 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Mark

    His crime deserves punishment, regardless of how long ago it was or how good his movies are.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Rosemary

    This little unprepentant troll needs to serve more than 45 DAYS in jail for drugging and raping a child. And his defenders in Hollywood (and the French ...gee there's a big surprise) need to ponder their own values. Disgusting. These idiots are on high horses about climate change and save the dolphins and adopt-a-starving-orphan, but when it comes to protecting children in their own backyards, I guess that's not glamorous enough.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Linda

    Mr. Polanski needs to serve his time. Many victim's bury the truth. He left the country to hide. Do not see his movies and make sure his is convicted in a U.S. Courtroom. He must be extradited.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Barbara

    So he thinks he got a raw deal? What about the young girl he took full advantage of?? He ran away from this country because he was found guilty in a court of law and thought he was above the law...tough nuggies, as theyused to say...youdo the crime, you do the time. He belongs in jail. And as far as his friends who are sticking up for him, what about the young girl he took advantage of? How would they feel if it was their daughter that was takenin by this disgusting snake charmer???

    May 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  185. MrRight123

    Perhaps one of his Hollywood buddies should do a story about an adult giving a 13yo girl drugs and booze, then anally raping her.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Maggie

    "Why not just stone him to death? Yeah, that would satisfy our blood-lust!"

    OMDUSA,
    wanting someone to be treated by the law the same way everyone else is, isn't bloodlust.

    We are a nation of laws, and when they are applied unequally due to the amount of money or fame you have, it undermines our nation.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Simply 2-Cents

    The prosecution should be about the crime of fleeing prosecution, not the initial sentence. He should get as many years as he was a fugitive, and not house arrest, but real prison with big bubbas showing him how it is to be treated as an object of (misguided) affection...

    May 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Lance

    Wait did he say he served his time and then later I read that he skipped out on his sentencing? When did he serve time then? If he wants to be treated equally then he needs to go to jail.

    May 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  189. horkusmac

    To all of Polanski's supporters-
    When your 13 year old daughter is sodomized and you have the same mentality as you do now, I will value your sympathy for him.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Tired of these whiners

    How disgusting! This PEDOPHILE belongs in jail! Please lock him up for the rest of his pathetic life!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  191. GA

    What a horrible thing to say? I'm sure he wishes his wife was alive too. I think that you are all a bunch of creeps that don't have lives and just live to judge others.....

    May 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Jay

    Let's get this straight. Michael Jackson was never CONVICTED/FOUND GUILTY of a crime, so don't go comparing the two. Carry on...

    May 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Maggie

    Before anyone comments on what his plea deal was or wasn't, it might be helpful to actually read his plea so you know the facts:

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0928091polanskiplea1.html

    May 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  194. POD

    House arrest in Gstaad.....what is that a joke

    May 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  195. OMDUSA

    Why not just stone him to death? Yeah, that would satisfy our blood-lust!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Maggie

    Mike,
    yes they should prosecute those military officials. But this doesn't fall to the Los Angeles District Attorney, and Polanski's case does.

    The statute of limitations covers the amount of time allowed to bring charges against someone. This doesn't apply to the Polanski case. Polanski was already charged and convicted, He fled before sentencing.

    Polanski was 43-years-old when this happened, and his victim was 13-years-old. And you say Polanski was "too young?"

    The victim wants the case dropped because she has been persistently harassed by the press and Polanski's fans for all these years. She has felt like she has been the one being punished and wants it to go away.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  197. GA

    Leave this man alone.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  198. larry wi

    I say he trades places with his wife, Sharon Tate. I'ld much rather see her smiling face than his smiling face! Damn him and Charles Manson!!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Margaret

    We are supposed to NEVER forgive or forget when a priest commits this crime, but a hollywood director does it and he acts like the rest of the world is over reacting.

    Excuse me. This was, sadly, molestation of a child. Whether or not she has forgiven him (and good for her - that must be very psychologically healing for her to forgive), nonetheless, he committed a heinous crime that needs to be addressed.

    If he gets a free walk, then we should just shut up about the Catholic Church.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Mike

    There should be a statute of limitations on a crime where the victim does not want the government to prosecute the perpetrator and 33 years is too late for a crime committed when he was too young and too drugged and foolish. This is not justice, this is cruel and unusual punishment.

    Instead they should prosecute criminal military officials who tortured, killed and abused prisoners at the infamous Abu Gharaib prison in Iraq and Guantanamo, which brought so much shame to the US in the eyes of the world.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Maggie

    Bob H,
    since this story is about Polanski, that's who everyone is talking about. If you go to stories about pedophile priests you will find plenty of outrage there.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Maggie

    "he should be allowed to continue to live as a resident alien in France"

    KYLE, Polanski was born in France, and has been a French citizen his entire life. He did live for a few years in Poland as a child, getting stuck there during WWII. After the war he moved back home to France, going back to Poland for film school. After film school he made a few movies in Poland, and then moved back home to France. France has been his main residence ever since then. He only lived in the US when he was working there.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Bob H

    I'd like to see this same indignation and insistence on prison time for pedphile priests. Maybe we should just insist that Polanski pray for forgiveness?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  204. mike

    "Let me get this straight, he thinks 45 days in a jail cell is his punishment for being a pedophile?"

    No kidding! Serve your time loser, you need to go to jail and be treated fairly like everyone else.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Jaime

    Forgive Michael Jackson. Forgive the Catholic Church.

    But screw Roman Polanski.

    I guess raping 10 year old boys is OK, but a 13 year old girl is not OK.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  206. David

    Great director I love his movies. He should have never ran away back in 77. He should have stayed and took his punishment.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  207. aughra

    The funny thing about being "treated fairly" is that the world has changed in the 30 years since his crime. What he did then would have been punished by a slap on the wrist. Since then, we better understand the deep damage done to children when they're molested and have a much lower tolerance for those who hurt them. Stupid man shouldn't have run. He *is* being treated fairly–by today's standards.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Steve P

    Mr. Polanski, you "ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else." Any idea how pedophiles fare in US jails?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Carole Clarke

    It doesn't matter what he wants or what his victim wants – he's a child molester and they do not stop at one. How many other children have been violated by him before that victim and then after her? Europe does not care about this as a crime. BUT WE DO!!! Bring him back to America and put him in prison for what we can prove. And if that victim refuses to testify against him, put her in prison too. We have to think of all the other children out there that we must protect from vermin like him. I don't care about his theatrical talents, he's a child molester.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  210. crazyirishgirl

    You have go to be kidding me. He wants to be treated like everyone else? Then why did he take off in the first place? To not be treated like everyone else. I don't think that other criminals have the option to go and live in Europe and avoid sentencing for 33 years.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  211. boohoo

    "I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."
    Seems most people agree with you on this.
    Time to pay for your misdeeds like everyone else would.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  212. aatami rikollinen

    Wow! There are some angry comments on this subject. Sounds like some ugly americans need to deal with issues of their own. Get some therapy people, truly live by your so called "christian" values and expend some of that energy on something positive like helping those less fortunate than yourselves.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Michael

    @Jeremy – careful bringing up Michael Jackson...if you say anything negative about him you will be labeled racist....

    May 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  214. jon

    Let it go! Nobody really cares – even the "victim." Aren't there a LOT of better things our judicial system could be doing???

    May 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Evelyn

    The victim only wants it put to rest because it's so painful everytime it's brought up. And so what if a 13 year-old comes after a grown man? He's the adult and he's the one who should have said no. I can't believe some people are excusing him because he was "tricked" or "seduced" by a child!!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  216. matthew

    he did his time, don't you get it, that's why he fled. Was it a short sentence, yes, do I agree with what he did, no. But he was given such a short sentence to keep the victim from testifying. That was the deal he made. He agreed, the victim agreed, and the judge agreed...then the judge changed his mind because of some shady dealings with the DA. I would have run too.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Fred

    Ok, so the judge wasn't going to honor the plea agreement It seems to me that the confession should be withdrawn. Let the prosecution retry the case without the key witness...she wants no part of it... what happens then....hmmm

    May 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  218. jeff

    Admittedly there are a lot of other issues flying around this – the grown victim wanting it to go away, the crime was committed during a "different time" in America, the judge was celebrity hungry, the current DA is looking to make a name for himself, etc, etc. However, beyond all of this is the fact the Polanski fled to avoid prosecution. NONE of this stuff would be happening now if he had taken care of this 30 years ago. Now something has to be done because of his being a fugitive. Is this fair to all parties involved? No – but dealing with the law sometimes isn't fair. Any fool knows that the judicial system is horribly chaotic and unpredictable – that should be part of the reason you stay out of trouble in the first place. The situation sucks for everybody, but it is Polanski's responsibility to live up to it.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Kaylan

    Im not tryin to be mean but what happened to his family was tragic and horrific, but DOES IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM excuse his behavior.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  220. JackBerton

    Hey, he said it himself. He wants to be treated like anyone else. I agree with him 100%, let him be treated like every other child molester. Put him in General Population for a bit, and it'll all be handled.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Gaylord

    Ok, so you can commit a crime, run away and then everyone forgets it like it never happened?? SWEET!! How the hell did he ever serve "his sentence"?? Why didn't they just politely ask him not to do it again and release him on his own word? 45 days is a joke. Bring him to trial and THEN the victim can have closure. Not so at this time and just forgetting about it does not make it simply go away.
    He did the crime so why shouldn't he pay with time? Its very simple: Deport his ass back to the states to face the music. Its not the wild west anymore where you can simply run across the border and get away.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  222. susan

    Though I am in incest survivor, I think what happened to Roman Polanski being tricked is ridiculous and politically motivated. The reason I stand behind Mr. Polanski, other than his own explanation is that I feel for him due to the tragic way his wife and unborn baby were slaughtered and feel that that may have influenced/affected his judgement. Enough is enough already...Let it go!

    May 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Mackenzi

    Let me get this straight. Roman Polenski was accused of raping a thirteen year old girl. The judge was worried that he won't get elected if he didn't convict the accused.

    Therefore, he convinced Polenski to plea guilty under the impression that he would get a lighter sentence. But apparently he was not serious about the bargain, and Polenski decided to skipped town...

    Shouldn't it there be a retrial?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  224. K

    I agree.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Brian

    Polanski is slime and deserves the 20 years he should have gotten in the first place.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Kaylan

    I agree. It is a gift to be able to forgive someone, and truly frees your soul, however it doesn't make his crime go away. If he didnt want to be dealing with this now he never should have ran in the first place. He had the mindset that he would get away with it and we let him for so long. Im sorry but the crime begs for punishment and he hasnt had any..

    May 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Alecia

    Who are we punishing here? The victim just wants the whole damn thing to be forgotten, and put in the past. And not to mention, that the guys pregnant wife along with all of their friends were slaughtered in his home. I think we should all just let it go.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Valerie

    "Van"...it is NOT up to the victim to determine if Mr Polanski shouldn't be required to serve his sentence. Mr Polanski BROKE THE LAW.

    Forgiveness? Yes, that is wonderful but that doesn't mean he doesn't have to go to jail.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  229. deborah

    Raping a child speaks for itself...there is nothing that needs to be added.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  230. barryc

    I think it's absurd for us to allow the court to change the agreement like that. The lady in question has forgiven Polanski and wants him to remain free. Justice has been served. It's a real problem here that Sheriffs and judges toy with celebrity and popularity contests rather than the job at hand. This judge blew the case.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Nancy

    You're all a bunch of hysterical idiots; why would Polanski not flee this swarm of locusts?

    May 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Van

    "In 1997, Geimer publicly forgave Polanski and filed a formal request with the Los Angeles Police Department to drop charges against him. In 2003 she wrote an Op Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times advocating for him to be allowed to return to the US to accept an Academy Award"

    The California DA is after a name for himself, nothing more.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somedude

      Van.
      Your ridiculous. So she was paid off? We should let him go?
      When a crime is committed it has society as its victim as well.
      Both of you guys should man up.
      You : Admit he did something EVIL and shouldn't be able to buy his way out of it.
      Him: Suck it up and take the sentence.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  233. SO

    You were convicted but escaped the country prior to serving your imposed sentence. It doesn't matter what brought the case forward, after all this time, your debt to socieity is outstanding, so pay it already !

    May 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  234. ken

    Yeah its a waste of taxpayer money till its your child being sodomized .... unbelievable ! I guess if it aint in your back yard u dont want to be concerned .......People kill me these days .....How any one of you could say that is beyond me .....You guys must be relatives of Robert Blake & O.J. ...As long as american idols on and mcdonalds has big macs you can just sit there and decide what YOU think is "priority" ......pigs.....wake up sheeple .....Does someones "politics" even matter ? 1 day karma will change your minds........Just because 1 persons rich and another is in politics doesnt mean that the crime doesnt count ......think about that ....do on to others ........

    May 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  235. howie

    Everyone needs to keep in mind that this was not a case of kidnapping, or even coercion. The 'girl' in this case sought Mr. Polanski out with the intention of engaging in an intimate encounter. The mother was fully aware of what might ensue when she allowed her daughter to go to late nite parties with the accused. The spirit of the times called for lots of hedonism and s$x was everywhere. The drugs were willingly imbibed, and common in the social scene of the time. The girl willingly engaged in a s$x act with an older man, and when her mother belatedly realized that may be harmful to her, decided to make it a criminal case. Roman Polanski has been completely railroaded from square one in this case – he did nothing wrong beyond having poor judgement and taking this girls word that the situation was copacetic. Obviously if this happened today it would be a much different story, but judged against the standard of the time and social scene that these events took place in, no crime was committed.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Kyle

    Are you people nuts? Mr. Polanski is neither a child rapist nor a pedophile, and he should be allowed to continue to live as a resident alien in France. I wish all these suburban mothers would just get a clue.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  237. K

    This whole thing just says to anyone paying attention. If you are wealthy enough or famous enough leinency will be granted to you for all your crimes, no matter how heinous they may be and whether or not you have been convicted. Which in itself has become a trend. We will convict you but you won't have the same punishment as the average joe.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  238. John

    of course, he paid the victim off also, so, of course she ddoes not want him to goto prison...but, if I kill someone, and there family says oh, it;s okay, he should not goto prison, I should not? You guys have the stupidest reason for him NOT to goto prison....he is a criminal....he should be locked up for the rest of his damn life.....

    May 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Jonathan

    One of the very few legitimate functions of government is to enforce the law. California is only has the budgetary (and crime) problems it has BECAUSE it has dropped the ball on the basics. The Nuremberg trials also weren't free. Justice never is.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Kaci

    The victim has forgiven him. And she wants to stop this action. She has been well paid by RP. So, I think drop it. It's just wasting money which the state does not have. And I think it's true that the prosecutor wants to run for office. RP's been in France all these years, now they want to charge him? I don't think so. Something else is behind this, like politics.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Mark

    Do the crime, do the time. No excuses. Doesn't matter how sorry he is. If it were a normal person and not some Hollywood director, we would have paid the price a long time ago. No leniency. All the while he was out of the country, he made tons of money. It doesn't matter if the victim is all grown up now, a crime is a crime. Period.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Sonya W.

    He seems truly sorry for any pain he may have caused...huh?

    May 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  243. Sonya W.

    He seems truly osrry for any pain he may have caused...huh?

    May 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  244. K

    Tax dollars should not be a concern, he is a convicted pedophile. I'm sorry, but a pedophile fled prior to sentencing to avoid prison...remained on the run "so to speak" for 33 years...though we knew where he was all along...and because of who he is we're supposed to shrug our shoulders and say ok "no can do". Should we rethink our position on the conviction because of the high profile nature of this case or the convicted, maybe because of the cost and the current economy, or because the victim herself has decided to forgive the convicted. Sorry, but if this was any other average joe convict he would have been in prison already.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  245. John

    This slime should do time for his unforgivable actions. If it were you or I we'd be locked up. As for Michael Jackson, his guilt was not proven, so no comparison, or are you judge and jury? Polanski needs to be sentenced and imprisoned and who cares if his victim forgives....he's still a molestor that does not deserve to walk free no matter how much cash the creepy old guy has.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  246. MAP

    "You all forgive Michael Jackson, who was definately a serial paedophile, "

    Lest the facts escape you, Michael Jackson was acquitted, while Polanski was convicted. Being convicted by your personal opinion wasn't enough to put Jackson in place. But being convicted in a court of law is perfectly acceptable authority to ensure that Polanski serves his sentence.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  247. Bill in Atlanta

    What I find hard to fathom is that the little girl (Now a Grown Woman) does not want Polanski sent to prison for this matter.

    Go Figure...

    May 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Somedude

      Fathom this: after YEARS of dealing with the effects of what he did to her, the publicity etc she wants to live in peace.
      Thats fine. The state of CA doesnt need her to turn the key.
      I think at some point money changed hands .

      June 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Tiffany H.

    Wow I noticed its only the men that are saying this wasting tax dollars or mentioning Michael Jackson. Maybe my friend was right when he said many men are attractive to young girls. As is 14 year olds.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  249. margaret

    This man lives in his movie world. He has NOT paid his price to humanity. He is not above the law. He violates and kills someone and thinks he should walk away scot free. What is worse are the people who agree with him. Let them and Polanski pay the bill.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  250. Laura

    Jeremy
    He will be forgiven, like Michael, after he is dead. California needs to concentrate on bigger fish. Even his "victim" has said to leave him alone. If she's okay with it, LaLa Land should be, too.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  251. K.C.

    He is a convicted child molester. He has not served his time, he ran away like the coward that he is, and now he wants special treatment because the rich often think that they can buy their way out of anything. The passing of time does not lessen the crime.
    Also, have this millionaire pay for the expenses involved in his trial. Why should the people in the U.S. pay for this weasel?

    May 3, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  252. Jeremy

    Curious. You all forgive Michael Jackson, who was definately a serial paedophile, but cannot forgive Roman Polanski.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Somedude

      We do? Who does?
      I never did. HE wasnt convicted of molesting but I believe he was guilty of it.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  253. NancyLV

    Boycott his movies don't go see anything tied with his name.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  254. Bill

    Post you rcomments on Levy's website. Let him know that if you do the crime, yo do the time!!

    http://www.bernard-henri-levy.com/non-posso-mantenere-il-silenzio-piu-a-lungo-5390.html

    May 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  255. Mark Schell

    You should watch the show. It was mishandled from the start. Is this the best use of California's tax dollars right now??

    May 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Somedude

      Wow MS, just wow. I imagine then if someone did that to a family member of yours , you'd be so glib after a preset amount of time passed?
      France blows for HARBORING this fugitive...Did they at least try him and sentence him.. Anyone.. Bueller?

      June 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  256. jimbo

    He did not serve any time in prison. He was segregated into a facility for psychological evaluation and was treated as "presumed innocent" to minimal security.

    Further, he was never sentenced, so he can not claim he has served his time. And why was he never sentenced – because he decided to become a fugitive from justice.

    He decided to drug and sodomize a 13-year-old girl.
    He decided to flee the country.

    Don't you dare allow him to decide what his punishment should be – because he clearly doesn't think it should be anything.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  257. Steven3325

    Shows how out of touch with reality he really is.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  258. Erik

    You know, in the context of things at the moment, with everything happening on the world scene, with the victim having grown up and forgiven him, maybe, just maybe we should put the politics aside and spend the $$ on things that are NEEDED now. CA is drowning in red ink and wants to continue to spend $$ on THIS ???? Give me a break
    folks.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  259. David Damario

    Roman Polanski is a child molester/ rapist....he ran...but cannot hide. Prison will give him the chance to experience first hand what he did to a child all those years ago...EXCELLENT!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  260. vpompe

    Let me get this straight, he thinks 45 days in a jail cell is his punishment for being a pedophile?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |

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