September 30th, 2009
06:56 PM ET

Not everyone in Hollywood supports Polanski

When we cover an event in Hollywood, sometimes we are tasked with asking celebrities questions about much more than just the event they're attending or their latest project.  This week we've been asking folks their take on Roman Polanski, who was arrested Saturday in Switzerland on a warrant relating to 1977 child sex charges. He admitted to having sex with a 13 year old girl but fled the country before his sentencing.

A petition signed by such Hollywood notables as Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, John Landis and Tilda Swinton which urges Polanski's release has enraged many people who feel he should not be getting a pass. It's one thing to sign a petition and many of the celebrities we posed the Polanski question to demurred, but some were willing to share their opinions on camera. 

Allison Sweeney, host of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," Jillian Michaels a trainer on the show, Tom Morello of "Rage Against the Machine," actress Lisa Kudrow, and Patricia Arquette star of  "Medium" tackled the question.

September 29th, 2009
07:10 PM ET

Hollywood elite to Swiss: free Polanski now

Roman Polanski's got friends in high places.  Whether they can really burnish his image is another matter.

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton are among the showbiz luminaries who have signed a petition demanding Polanski's release. 

The famed director was picked up in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday and faces possible extradition to the U.S. on a child sex case that dates back to 1977.

I can see some value in having Scorsese and Swinton in your corner, but Woody Allen?  He faced a sex scandal of his own involving the adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow.

Actor/writer Buck Henry and director John Landis  also signed the petition.  Landis was charged (and later acquitted) of involuntary manslaughter years ago in the deaths of two child actors on the set of the movie, "Twilight Zone".

As for Henry, fans of  "Saturday Night Live's" early years will recall he played a recurring character on the show, a cheesy pedophile named Uncle Roy who was always trying to get two girls (played by Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman) to pose for Polaroid shots.

Do you think these are good candidates to speak out on Polanski's behalf?

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