Roman Polanski apologizes to victim
September 28th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Roman Polanski apologizes to victim

In a new documentary, famed director Roman Polanski offers an apology to Samantha Geimer, the woman he unlawfully had sex with when she was 13.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker speaks on the case towards the end of Laurent Bouzereau's documentary, "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," which had its world premiere in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday.

"She is a double victim: My victim, and a victim of the press," Polanski says in the film, which focuses more on the 78-year-old director's view of his life than details of the case. In fact, THR reports, the documentary doesn't really offer anything new that hasn't already been made available on the public record.

Polanski was 43 when he had sex with Geimer, and after pleading guilty to the charge fled the country before sentencing in 1978. In 2009, he was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. fugitive warrant and was subsequently placed under house arrest pending extradition to the States. But in July 2010, the Swiss denied the U.S.'s request to extradite the filmmaker and Polanski was released.

Samantha Geimer told "Larry King Live" following his release that she was "very relieved" he wasn't extradited to the States.

"He served his time and he did everything he was asked to do," Geimer said. "We had a corrupt judge who was being dishonest. [Polanski] had no reason to trust the system was going to work for him, and I've been so much more damaged by the court system and by the media than by him." She'd already publicly forgiven Polanski in 1997.

"If just the arrest brought such a ruckus into my life and into my backyard in a literal sense," she told "Larry King" last year, "I'm sure his coming back would just be a thousand times worse."

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  9. TooSad

    Put him in a prison cell right next to Charles Manson.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gary


    September 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Capt

    The man's a GENUIS.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    Polanski deserved a bullet in the head as does anyone that rapes a minor

    September 29, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Diogenes

    "She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press."

    Oh really? This is the first time I've heard that "the press" held that 13-year-old girl down on the bed while you raped her. Gee, you learn something every day.

    Nice try at spreading the blame, Roman, you pathetic, perverted old pedophile, but there was only one rapist who spread that young girl's legs and that foul, cowardly rapist was you!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brandy

    Cut his dong off. Then I think the apology will be genuine.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jkshap

    Beyond the rape case even (which many facts seem to have been left out). If he was subpoenaed to appear in court and fled (regardless of whether potential resentencing was just or not) he is in violation of that countries laws similar to evading arrest.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. fred

    What happened to my comment? Are comments broken now?

    September 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jake harper

    Is it my imagination or does Polanski look like a 70 something Charlie Sheen.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. unapologetic

    oh ya?! Shove that apology up ur ass, dude! phbbt!!

    September 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lloyd shristmas

    Consensual nookie

    September 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Martyvz

    He anally raped a 13 year old girl and this is the best he can come up with?????

    September 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ray

    Sorry about that time I raped you, btw.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. JT

    Just another dirt bag, the only thing saving him is fame & celebrity status.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jamesnyc

    So he just admitted to his guilt. Why isn't he in jail?

    September 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Allen

    Hey Chris it sounds like you are the one who needs to grow up. This guy commited a crime and was found guilty then ran to escape punishment. It doesn't matter how long ago it was. If that happened to someone you cared about would the amount of time that passed matter? No it would not. So as I said before you are the one who needs to grow up. Just because it doesn't effect you doesn't mean you forget about it.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Kristal

    this woman is a fraud in that polanski's people gave her another payoff she should be ashamed instead of trying 2 protect other children she gives the pedophile permission 2 stay wheres he's at shame on u 4 leaving him roam free in another country we have no use 4 your kind in this world your a low life just sliter away u snake

    September 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bitnar

    FIrst, she was 13, which makes it statutory rape. It's illegal because she would not have been old enough to make that decision and adults have an unfair advantage over children. This has nothing to do with hangups, CHRIS (idiot). Second, she said NO, and yet was drugged and forcibly raped, which makes it plain old rape. Her forgiving him is fine, because she needs to move on emotionally; but her forgiveness is a totally separate issue from the legal aspect. He committed a crime, and he needs to pay for it. It does not matter how much time goes by, as long as he is still alive.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Me

    He didn't get away with it, he plead guily but left the country. He just didn't serve his time here in the US...

    September 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    The American vengeance system. Government and honor for sale

    September 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kevin

    Good job on the apology. Now go to jail.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Donna

    He did NOT SERVE TIME for this crime. He skipped the country! The "victim" should have no sayso in this at all. He preyed on a child and deserves to pay for his crime. And it's not too late!

    September 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Spunky DerWondermonkey

    Hey Roman; Whatever helps you sleep at night... You may evade us and hide like a rat, but you will pay sooner or later. Maybe both!

    September 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. IxNay

    Time to bury the hatchet guys. If the victim has accepted his apology and moved on with her life, successfully marrying and having a career and a family. Surely nobodies to the situation like you and me can move on too.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  33. va-fire

    This entire dialog about the court system is a joke; the court system has nothing to do right and wrong or justice.
    There is no cure for an animal like this (Roman Polanski).
    The only way to deal with this type of animal is to protect the public (and the childern); and the only way to protect the public is to eliminate the source.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jy

    Does anyone else think that this is really Joe Namath?

    September 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Donna McLaughlin

    He should have served jail time. I'm sure the victim has recovered from the trauma with the help of money Polanski has paid her since the crime.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. isabell2

    roman polanski
    woody allen
    eilot spitzer
    anthony wiener

    all have one thing in common... they are of the same faith.
    anyone else notice that? you know for sure the media is not covering it from that angle.... 🙂 of course!

    September 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRP

      The media isn't covering that angle because it's irrelevant (not to mention racist). People of all faiths and colors commit crime. Men of all faiths drug and rape women. You named 5 men. That's hardly statistically relevant.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Copper's Donut Shoppe

      He is not being racist. Get your bat mitzvih straight. Jewish is not a race.He is being anti-semitic.
      The fact that you noticed makes it statistically relevant.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRP

      My mistake, the comment is anti-Semitic. It still drips of hate. Whichever label you prefer, the point is it’s still a ridiculous story angle. Identifying 5 rape suspects of one religion of the many thousands of men who committed the crime last year in the US alone is not a story, nor is it relevant.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. person

    "Sorry for drugging and anally raping should be honored though....I'm better than other people"

    September 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. agnostrick

    And "The Ghost Writer" wasn't very good. Just saying.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Walt

    Where's the apology? Saying she's a victim isn't an apology...

    September 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitnar

      I agree. Unless CNN left that part out, I didn't see an apology either.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Bob

    The victim says she forgives him... She doesn't speak for the 13 year old girl she once was. That little girl who was raped that night is history...

    September 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. pen time

    Excuse me, going into the backyard with a young girl is sick, doing less than 3 months is not time served. Let's give him an Oscar, with those teat sucking actors. Give me a break, he's a sicko!

    September 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. CRH

    Oh ok, as long as the disgusting pervert apologizes 35 years later, I guess it's ok then.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jon trey

    The number of males that get raped by older women is unbelievable, but it goes unreported, because technically they don't consider themselves victims. I was 12 when a 20 year old girl "raped" me. I thought it was the greatest thing, then. But now, not so much. Those two months with that girl changed the course of my life completely. Polanski needs to be in prison. If someone else did it, they would have been locked up and never heard from again. Being he is a jew, its okay, I guess.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Denise

    One can read the grand jury testimony online. She testified that she said no. She testified that he didn't stop and that he also anally penetrated her after she said no. She testified that he gave her a Qualude. I have seen nowhere where she says she wasn't a victim, only that she had forgiven him.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Glen

    Victim forgiveness does not equal acquittal. The man fled the country illegally to avoid sentencing, and should have to serve the full term of his sentence.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geroge

      Although the sentancing that he fled from that was about to happen was also illegal, as odd as that sounds. I do think he should have had more time in the first place, but I also can see that if the girl did not feel like a victim, that shold have some effect on the outcome. But we have a legal system for a reason. Even if she did not feel like a victim, what about the next girl? On the other hand I don't think, in this case, that he has gone around raping others, unlike some rapists. Cases are different, and no it has nothing to do with his movies. This seems like rape in the most technical sense and not in the worst sense one could imagine. Still we have laws for a reason. The case is certainly more complicated than most people know.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Greenlee

    He's a great director, I enjoy watching his films, has led an extrodinary life, as well as struggled with the murder of his first wife Sharon Tate and unborn child. However, rape is rape just as murder is murder and any individual comitting these vile, putrid, and disgusting acts should have to pay for their crimes. Authorities should have tossed him in Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California...the same prison where Charles "Tex" Watson (one of the murderers of Sharon Tate) is being held....

    September 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Fred Frump

    Doesn't he look totally stoned in that picture? Thoroughly baked and getting really hungry!

    September 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Farrow

    >Well, imbecile,

    Calling your opponent a name is no way to convince anyone of anything.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. What?

    What a self righteous little coward. The true measure of a man is not what "critically" acclaimed films he's directed or what silly little awards he gets but how he treats others and takes responsibility for the things he's done. This weasel failed on both of the latter. The film industry will never change and these people should be ashamed of themselves for giving him a standing ovation. A stand up person would have come back to the US, served his REAL time and then apologize for the damage he caused to a child's life. Let's hope the guys burns in hell with his stupid little award next to him.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  50. History 2

    Yes, Roman Polanski does make great films.

    Yes, he fled Los Angeles ahead of final sentencing by the Judge.

    Yes, that case is sealed as required by law.

    Yes, he apologized to the victim he raped, from the safety and comfort of his chosen asylum in France.

    Yes, he reneged on his settlement offer to her, too.

    78 and still running away.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Boka

    I can never understand why people want this man in jail. he did nothing wrong. People have way to many hang ups.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  52. swer5y

    Sorry I drugged then sodomized you. Sorry I pled guilty then skipped town where I have been "hiding" ever since.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  53. iHopper

    Too little, too late. Wadda schmmmuck!

    September 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. NVinnyVeritas

    His behavior was incredibly wrong in many ways. Where was the mother?

    September 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Curzen

    that rapist needs to be in jail

    September 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  56. BnD

    Love the fact that he can never set foot into this country again without getting arrested. The fear of getting raped in prison by some little girls daddy should be more that enough to keep him from even trying to come back here, even to accept an Ocscar, should his putrid work ever be nominated.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  57. svann

    All the he said she said pundits said is irrelevant. Unless it was said in court in a real trial it doesnt count. There was no rape trial and no rape conviction. He plead to s3x with a minor. If you wanted to make him do time for rape then you should have had the rape trial instead of offering him a plea bargain.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Brianne

    An apology made 35 years later from a country in which he's hiding from justice? Yeah, real sincere. If he were truly remorseful, he'd return to the US and own up to his punishment for raping a 13 yr old girl.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  59. SunDog

    Geimer forginves him. OK, but waht about the settlement she received, and what did she have to sign to get the money? No one ever talks about that, and I'd bet it is a big part of her steadfast forgiveness. Maybe she really has not care for 30+ years ago. I get that, but I don't think that is all of the story.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  60. YourLittleLordHoseaCommethNow2UandSaysUntoU

    Corrupt Judge, I've sent that before... Well, first victim's over it, second victims over it, the only one not over it are some of the comentors, people rife with righteous judgement, full of moral interpretations and belief/barriers, common in intellect and void of any lucid personal change ...which excludes moving on. Wake up! if you think this invalidates your meaning of life you rule-mongers and see you're a dinosaur and the ice age is upon thee!

    September 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  61. coder

    a corrupt judge – say it isnt so
    next you'll be saying politicians represent the people

    September 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  62. emilie

    Polanski should thank that judge. If the judge had been straight up, Polanski would have had to serve out his sentence and wouldn't have had all these people defending him and rationalizing his run from the law. He ought to thank Samantha for being so forgiving. And while he's at it, thank the media for acting like rabid dogs and putting him into the poor-pitiful-victimized-me role. Boy, he's a lucky man.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Ricardo Vespacho

    Does Hallmark have a "Sorry I molested you" card?

    September 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Thayer

    Polanski supporters dealing with a redneck that rapes a 13 year old. – "Throw the book at him!!! Send him away forever!!!!"
    Polanski supporters dealing with Polanski anally raping a 1 3year old. "Well, it's been so long now and he is apologizing after all. Just leave him alone. The man has paid his due."

    This all despite that even after convicted Roman went back to France and started banging a 14 year old. Not just that but his statement of "All men want "f" young girls, even the judges want to "f" young girls." Even after the case started.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. F. Daniel Gray

    The hypocrisy, arrogance and irony, is apparently lost, judging by the vehemence of most commentators. Ah yes revenge. For example, just because the US has not been found guilty of needlessly , not only raping, but murdering hundreds of innocent women and children, from Hiroshima/Nagasaki to Korea, Viet Nam, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, doesn't mean a crime has not been committed. Misguided perhaps, but that's what drove those guiding the jets on 9/11 to New York and Washington, D.C. And, continues to motivate our "adversaries" in the Mid East. Umm, no, I don't envision a mea culpa from the US anytime soon, if ever.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Romansacriminal

    How does one go about 'apologising' for being a statutory raapist and peedophile?

    September 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  67. parkmore

    Yes indeed he should go to jail. We should bring him here to face trial for what he did. Because he has money so he can get away with it? Where is justice? We punish poor people for small mistake but not rich people when they do worse .....

    September 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  68. zlul

    I stopped reading after "unlawfully". He raped her.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      I didn't rob that bank. I just made an "unlawful withdrawal". Besides, it was years ago and the bank teller says it's not a big deal now.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Thayer

    Polanski apologists – "He makes great movies so we should have compassion."

    September 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Curt

    He is a pervert , harming children. The Swiss need to be Nuked out of existence , for encouraging child molestation.
    Sick people harming children , they need to be removed from the gene pool.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geroge

      Let's nuke you from the gene pool while we're at it. We need people who are more rational in this world, not just angry and nuke happy. Goodbye.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  71. erich2112x

    He does a reboot of 'Sound Of Music' with Bieber playing Maria, or the deal's off.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  72. emilie

    He had money and ran. The judge was corrupt. The kid has grown into an adult and forgiven him. The media is voracious. So what's the take-away of all this? If you have money, you can evade the law. If you're a judge you can do what you want. And the great maw of modern media is bottomless. How about this message to parents - pay attention. "No, my 13-year-old daughter, you may not go to that man's mansion without a chaperone. I go with you or you don't go at all." How hard is this?

    September 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  73. M

    I was raped twice as a teenage by women, once when I was 13 and again when I was 14. I got over it, nor did I feel then or now as victimized by the event as I have been victimized by our own court system during proceedings for divorces cases. Talk about being victimized.

    When the courts are held responsible for their actions against men I'll feel Roman Polanski needs to spend more time for his crime.

    But perhaps that is the difference between men and women and being victimized.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      Did your pair of female rapists drug you prior to forcibly shoving part of their body up your rectum? That's what Polanski did to his child victim.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LittleLordHoseaCommethUntoUandSez

      The question is Rach did someone or Polanski do that to you? if NOT then why so serious? and if someone did that to you then let it go and be healed, the best revenge is living BETTER, your punisher is getting his pain delivered everyday.

      September 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  74. BlackDynamite

    Sorry I raped you 50 years ago.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Doodle

    Why isn't anyone upset with the mother of this child who dropped her off at Polanky's place and left her there. She should have been charged with child endangerment.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • emilie

      Totally totally totally agree.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thayer

      A letter from the future anal raper of your daughter " I am so sorry that I ass raped your daughter and ran from the law but just know, I am sorry. So very sorry that I got caught and then ran and lived the life of a superstar all these years. So sorry for that."

      September 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      People don't even want Polanski to serve time for forcibly raping a child, and you think that child's mother will be charged with anything? Good luck with that.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jon23

    THe only reason the US wants Roman is because of ego. THe judge was corrupt, he agreed to a deal, then he went back on it. So Roman fled, honestly thats not a surprise, anyone in that situation would, regardless of what crime took place. THe US simply wants him tried because he embarrassed the country by getting away. Its all ego for the Justice department, thats it.

    Even the victim said she wants it to end, just leave the guy alone and leave her alone. She wants to live a normal life, but the media and the government won't let her. THey just keep entering her life, pblishing her name and hounding both of them.

    The victim is a grown woman now, she has moved on with her life, she even has a family now, she wants to be left alone. Everyone else in the US doesn't get that though.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Daniels

      We drugged a 13 year old girl, like some date rape drug, and you are saying it's all right for him to get pass???? Wow! The Judge in this case most probably caught himself before he let some hollywood bribe stop him from doing the responsible and just sentencing of this child molester.. What are you one of those actors that's trying to sign onto his next movie? Would you let your little 12 year old daughter audition for his movie with no supervision. Boycott everything this guiy touches and you still will not change the fact that he has lived a good life outside of justice in his Swiss Chalet and movie monies. USA Just caught guy who Murdered, escaped from prison, and hijacked an plane. Should he get a pass also. People is he's not rich and domeciled in Switzerland where his money could buy him and escape from his aggravated crimes.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon23

      Wow David, you just completely showed your ignorance of the case.

      Before you leave a comment, read the whole story about the case, not just what was in this article. Actually do some research.

      Yes, what he d is technically rape.

      But he made a plea deal with the judge, that happens all the time in this country for every crime, including rape.

      What is different, is that after he made the deal,which included a 90 day psych evaluation, of which he complete 42 days before being released. The judge went back on his word, went back on the deal HE signed and planed to send Roman away for longer.
      Technically, I'm pretty sure that is illegal for a judge to do.

      So Roman fled, where France gave him sanctuary.

      Fast forward to present day.

      The victim is a grown woman, the victim is now 45, a mother of three children, and just wants to live a normal life.

      People like you, the media, and the government won't let her. The only reason the goverment wants to pursue this is ego, and anyone with a logcial mind can see that.

      Now if this was 5-10 years after the fact, then that would be logical for the government to pursue him, but its now 34 years later. Its obvious its pure ego, the Swiss see it, the French see it, anyone with a logical mind can see it.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • emilie

      I find this argument the weakest of all of them, especially in light of the Troy Davis case. Poor black guy didn't have the money to run, he ends up in the execution chamber. Rich white guy with connections has gobs of money and runs off and is forgiven by the victim. So that's it!!!??? His defense is that the media and the judge behaved badly? TOUGH!!!! They're not the ones charged in the case. He. Raped. A. Child. That's it. What happened afterwards doesn't change that. Stop defending him. I think this case could be taken care of quickly if it weren't for all the connections he has protecting him. Too bad they weren't there to protect her years ago.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  77. rightospeak

    Roman Polanski, besides O.J. Simpson are perfect examples of how BIG MONEY can buy you out of murder rep and child molestation rep. The press keep glorifying these two criminals . Had they been poor ,these two would rot in jail. What do these two cases tell you about our justice system ? I watched O.J.s trial . DNA not admissable ? It was in the case of people on death row. That much for justice, it is only what we like.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  78. NYCMovieFan

    If Polanski is so sorry, why doesn't he face US justice? Why keep running away? He drugged and raped a child, then ran from final sentencing. Those are the facts, and he admits those facts. Trying to blame the media and the judge for his refusal to face justice is just hogwash. We boycott his movies, and also any actor who appears in them, they no longer get our movie dollars at the box office. No support for a convicted pedophile, or those who support him in any way.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Tim

    A pehophile is a pedophile. It's gross. He acts that way because he has no sense of personal responsibility, it's all about him. Just like all liberals.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  80. David Daniels

    Polanski is no better than Warren Jeffs, with the rapes of child brides, and the system should hold him accountable for his crimes. He pleaded guilty and then fled the country before incarceration. There's no statute of limitations because he was already convicted but never served his time. Also this wasn't the only time and case that POLANSKI raped underage girls. Like Warren Jeffs he abused his position, which allowed him to get close to young girls, feeding on girls desire to model or get into acting and forced himself upon them. He didn;t have concern for the actual victims or their parents. Does that sound like someone who should get a pass. No matter what this guys profession his contribution to humanity doesn;t allow him to abuse children. And what's up with those freaking SWISS jerks! Same jerks who slyly sided with Hitler to fund Nazi Germany's reign of terror during WW2 and stole/or kept blood monies from holocaust victims. They'll let that peodophile continue to live safely in their borders and the direct and produce his movies as if he never did anything wrong. It's all about the money for them on the direction thier morality takes. Well lets see what Hollywood stars sign onto his next movie?

    September 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  81. cxcx


    September 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  82. tracie

    Look, you know she wanted it.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Huh

    She was 13. HELLO!

    September 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  84. danny

    like he needs all this attention... the guy is one of the greatest artists of all time.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mike T

    I don't care what the victim says. It is no longer up to her. He was convicted in the court of law and should serve his full time. No one is above the law. This man is gross and so are the people that support him.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Mike, get your head out of your @ss and realize he would have done his time that had been agreed upon... then the judge took the law into his own hands... if you are told that your sentence is "X", so you plead guilty, then the judge decides to change what was agreed upon and you have no recourse, then I'm sure you'd have a problem with it....

      September 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre Milwaukee, WI

      Cheney and his torture cabal are!

      September 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike T

      To me,

      Would have should have. He was convicted and like everyone else, under our system of law he must serve the time. He can appeal and use various other recourses to work within the system. The fact is he plead guilty to raping that girl and anyone with any kind of morals should demand that he be punished for his crime. Are you going to let me flee after I rape your daughter, wife or mother? If I were President Obama, Ghandi or Jesus, would you just turn the other cheek. Maybe it's not your wife but your friend's wife, what then? This man committed a crime and couldn't do the time. No one is above the law, and no one committing rape should be forgiven so easily. You sir are what's wrong with the world. You forget and forgive too easily.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  86. miked77

    The only one more annoying than Polanski in all this is the idiotic woman. God I can't listen to her feigned indignation because our legal system is trying to prosecute a multi-offender child rapist. Seriously lady just shut up and go crawl back under your rock, I can't stand attention wh0res.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  87. phelion

    Roman will turn himself in the day Charles Manson dies. People forget that Roman's wife was Sharon Tate, whom Manson had butchered alive, along with their unborn child. When Manson got life instead of the death penalty, that sent Roman into a deep spiral of anger, depression and drug use. He's angry at a corrupt system that would rather abuse his status as a celebrity than give what he feels is due justice to the killer of his wife and unborn child. It was Geimer's own Mother who practically threw her own daughter into bed with Roman, which her Mother has admitted to. Roman has already done time for the crime, given financial damages to Geimer and suffered the loss of untold hundreds of millions of dollars in lost work since he carries this stain. I don't like that he's waiting for Manson to die to return for sentencing, but understand it.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThePastaSauce

      They should put Roman & Manson in the same cell together!!! Now that's reality TV...

      September 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbnj

      So if my wife and unborn child get killed, it's OK for me to rape your 13 yr old daughter? Or is that only if your wife brings her to me and I'm on drugs? Or if I'm kind enough to drug your daughter first? Seriously. Think about what you're saying.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  88. V. P.

    This guy was and is a pervert, he apologizes now? What a sick pig, he waits all of these years and that's supposed to make it right? Wow, really I didn't even read the whole article the first line was enought to make me sick. People think they can do whatever they want then give some half baked apology, I think not!

    September 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  89. jps

    He's a disgusting pervert. I don't care what his victim says. If she were my daughter, he'd be long gone and forgotten, and I'd still be in prison.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  90. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Well, that's nice. Now, if he were to come back to America and stand trial like a real man, maybe we'd be getting somewhere.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cestlavie3

      But that is precisely the problem, he is not a real man. He is a pedophile who happened to be wealthy and famous and in turn was able to elude justice. But only in this life.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Bookenz

    She was 13 years old and he was in his 40s. He had s*x with her. She's a victim and he's a criminal.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      I don't think you understand. He makes really good movies.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      It's statutory rape and he thought she was of age. She took the drug from him when she should have told him she was only 13. She does bear a tiny bit of responsibility.

      September 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  92. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world almost

    cut off his ball s

    September 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Chris

    The "victim" said in multiple interviews that she does not feel like a victim. What part of that dont you people understand. Stop trying to spin this into a rape story. You people need to grow up and stop letting people tell you what is moral...

    September 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

      The problem is that when he fled the country, he became a federal fugitive, and there is no statute of limitations on that. He is in violation of federal law and he needs to stand trial for this, just like a normal person would have to.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • leave to me

      AMEN!!! She should have the ultimate say of whether she is a victim or not. Too often we are self righteous and impose on other's cultures/beliefs because its odd or wierd..................I think it's heinous we would cheer a person dying for lack of insurance or booing a gay soldier...does that mean I get to wish those cheerers and booers a lifetime in hell?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • z

      It's rape because she was underage. Consensual or not, she's underage. It's a crime.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • chenz

      I just want to get this straight Chris. You feel that it is fine for a 43 year old man to rape a 13 year old girl?

      September 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      Chris, it's rape because the girl said no, many times, to everything he did to her, which included forced anal penetration. He also drugged her. Here is some excerpts from her testimony that you should read before you claim this was not rape. I am also disgusted that the author of this article doesn't call his crime rape.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ernie

      Chris - You're a nut. By definition, a 13-year old cannot give consent. What if she had been 10? Or 8? Or 6? Or 2? Yes, what if he had raped a 2-year old, and the now grown-up person said "I forgive him, and everyone else should, too"? Would you not still demand justice? Lawbreakers–even rich, famous ones–should be brought to justice when they do wrong. I pray you don't have children.

      September 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbnj

      Please explain how this is NOT a rape case!!! I applaud the girl for moving on with her life and don't blame her for a second for not wanting to revisit it. BUT...when a 43 yr old man rapes a 13 yr old girl he needs to pay. IMO the judge is just as guilty as Polanski, the mother had a SERIOUS lapse of judgement (prob payed emotionally), and the French people who idolized him are simply disgusting.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      It's statutory rape and he thought she was of age.

      September 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    I'm sorry I got my rocks off at your expense and lived in luxury for decades...

    September 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  95. the_dude

    I could see this mattering if Polanski had actually made any movies at all worth a crap.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  96. kevinb671

    "If just the arrest brought such a ruckus into my life and into my backyard in a literal sense."

    This quote works on so many levels!

    September 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Don

    There are over 1 million people in prison that committed crimes against individuals or society who would have loved to have lived in Europe for 30 years and made movies

    Sometimes rotting in hell is not enough punishment

    September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      Right. An those one million are capable and talented enough to live in Europe and make award winning films. If the victim has forgiven him "publicly" and bears no grudge, so be it. Maybe a deal was made, so what, it was settled and that's all that matters.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake


      The matter is somewhat disturbing that Polanski openly admits to raping this girl and yet so many people defend him. Do you think she was the only little girl he raped? Most likely not. There is nothing more disturbing than a man who would rape a child. And yet you defend hime because he made good movies.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  98. ecdavis

    How has he survived all of these years without getting his butt kicked? He needs to pay. i cannot believe people allow him to do film and actors and actresses work for him. If you work for him you support rape and a pedophile.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mag

      ultra liberal actors probably applaud his raping of a child

      September 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jakedog

      Good One Mag, Spoken like a true Republican Dick head, what does politics have to do with it?

      September 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Pedøbear

    Oh come on now, 13 is practically old enough to be jailbait.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Count Boogie and The Perverted Circus

      funny that Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin had his manager "bullynap" (get in the damn car) a 13 year old model to de-virginize they had an open known relationship for years...nobody has ever said a word about that or many of the other underaged affairs of 50's 60's and 70's except Jerry Lee Lewis.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  100. phearis

    Apologizes?!?! What did he say? "Sorry for raping you when you were 13 years old. My Bad." Screw him and his apology. I hope he goes to Hell.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HockeyMinny

      Really tough to be a Christian and say I'll pray for you... Hell will be crowded

      September 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  101. monkeyman

    She's too old for his taste.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  102. amicus curiae

    If Samantha is done with him, why isn't everyone else?

    September 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbnj

      Because he and the judge made a mockery of our justice system with all the world to witness. And that means victims now have a higher price to pay.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libby

      Judges and prosecutors make a mockery of our judicial system all the time. See former Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan as proof. Or Paul Ebert in the case against Justin Wolfe. Or anyone that the Innocence Project has freed from behind bars for crimes not committed by the convicted.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mike H

    If he ever were to appear in L.A. for sentencing he would probably be deported and be ineligible to come back to the U.S. anyway so what does he have to gain by surrendering ? He can still make films and win awards without the U.S. so let them hold a useless grudge.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  104. JoJo

    Forgiveness nullifies the law, and a rich, famous child rapist walks free. Disgusting. If it were anyone else they would be rotting in a cell like they deserve. Filth.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Anomic Office Drone

    "I'm sorry, but not sorry enough to face the consequences of my actions. This will have to do."

    September 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  106. tom

    he'll serve his time in hell, where all child rapists go.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RPR

      So your god punishes people on our morals? I'm most societies before 100-150 years ago 13 was considered maragable. It's only in the recent past that we have considered 13 a child.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • @RPR

      100-150 years ago, they would have simply strung him up for it and been done with it.

      September 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @RPR

      That is a completely moot point. People used to also die before the age of 30. The fact is that society/way of life you referenced does not exist anymore.

      September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. FauxNewz

    "So sorry I raped you, but thanks for all this great PR."

    September 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Cedar Rapids

    "He served his time and he did everything he was asked to do"

    No he didnt, he ran before sentencing.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Not really true – the judge agreed to a 30 day psych hold but then decided to re-sentence him due to public complaints when the psych hold was cut short by his doctors. He should have been sentenced to more but the judge was wrong in trying to sentence him again simply because the judge looked bad in the public eye. Keep in mind the the judge asked for the case and had a reputation for taking on cases involving celebs – he just blew this one.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      No he did not! Get the facts straight. He stayed after he was sentenced and did time. He only fled AFTER the judge threatened to overturn his original verdict which could have added many years to the sentence already given.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not So Gullible

      To Pointless,
      It was consensual on both sides. Polanski didn't force her to do anything. Grow up.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      The victim testified that he drugged her and then forcibly sodomized her. Was she lying?

      September 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      But he wouldn't be able to make the excellent oscar winning films in jail.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Marny

    He should go to jail he needs to pay for what he did.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      He did serve time. The story is misleading.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The "victim" said in multiple interviews that she does not feel like a victim. You people need to grow up and stop letting people tell you what is was along time ago, why should someone pay for something stupid that happened along time ago.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pointless1

      Chris.. lets see how you feel when someone rapes your little girl and gets away with it... lets just see if you or her just gets over it...

      September 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      "Chris.. lets see how you feel when someone rapes your little girl.."

      Well, imbecile, we know how the victim feels, so how you feel about it is pretty well irrelevant now isn't it?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc L from NY

      So according to your logic Chris, if I kill a bunch a people and get away with it, I shouldn't be held accountable years later?

      September 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Since women get off scot free, he should get off free too:

      September 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      He should be put on trial, if only for the crime of fleeing the courts before his sentencing. There is a process for reversing unreasonable sentencing and crooked judges. The alternative to allowing that kind of thing to happen is to lock up every defendant regardless of how large or small his or her crime might be, and society simply doesn't have the money or the jail space for that.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg

      Marny, he has been held accountable just not to your liking which is completely irrelvant however this case is viewed. You're just mouthing off your lame opinion because you're speaking from your own sense of personal butthurt as you are unable to get back the individual(s) who hurt you in childhood. GET HELP and MOVE ON.

      Thank you and have a nice day. HTH!!! X-D

      September 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Paul: He did serve time, but not the time he was sentenced to serve.

      To those who focus on what the victim says she wants: If victims were the ones to decide the punishment, rich criminals would buy off those they had wronged and thugs would bully them even after trial to get them to agree to a lesser sentence. It would be like the countries where an older guy can rape a child and resolve the issue by paying the family money.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • snake

      i can't believe so many people are on his side. a filthy pedophile who drugged and raped a 13 yr old girl. he should have done 20 years for that crime in folsom prison where he can learn the true meaning of rape.

      September 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre Milwaukee, WI

      Off with his head, castrate him, make hs spend 1 years with Cheney!

      When oh when will you blood thirsty folks have enough... She FORGAVE HIM!

      September 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LittleLordHoseaCommethUntoUandSez

      So which one is it Manry ...Jail or pay? can't have both, unless your a judge? are you a judge? you sound like a judge, sounds like your blaming Polanski and invalidating the victim? you don't believe the victim? ...if you don't believe the victim then how can the case be real? oh ...your a judge, "Judge not lest thee be judged"

      September 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      He did pay for his crime. He paid her! Why do you think she is so forgiving!

      September 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • opinion.

      What a waste of tax payers money new jail time for him would be. This happened 33 years ago! Tme to let it go already! Victim has forgiven him too so what's the problem here?!

      September 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. Edward

      TO "snake" you show nothing but ignorance and make you're comments irrelevant when you slander a person for their religion. Get a life!

      September 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sum

      I wonder how much she got paid out?

      September 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GailS

      You're right, Marny. I love Polanski's work but there are some things you just don't do and this is one of them. He needs to do some time in jail.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Londa

      She never was paid by him! He agreed to pay her and she has tried for years to recover the money but he NEVER paid her. Look it up!

      September 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |

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