Thirty years after he fled the U.S. to avoid sentencing on child molestation charges, Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski has filed a formal request to have the case dismissed.
He pled guilty. Let’s remember what the girl said he did:
The teenager’s troubling–and contemporaneous–account of her abuse at Polanski’s hands begins with her posing twice for topless photos that the director said were for French Vogue. The girl then told prosecutors how Polanski directed her to, “Take off your underwear” and enter the Jacuzzi, where he photographed her naked. Soon, the director, who was then 43, joined her in the hot tub. He also wasn’t wearing any clothes and, according to Gailey’s testimony, wrapped his hands around the child’s waist.
The girl testified that she left the Jacuzzi and entered a bedroom in Nicholson’s home, where Polanski sat down beside her and kissed the teen, despite her demands that he “keep away.” According to Gailey, Polanski then performed a sex act on her and later “started to have intercourse with me.” At one point, according to Gailey’s testimony, Polanski asked the 13-year-old if she was “on the pill,” and “When did you last have your period?” Polanski then asked her, Gailey recalled, “Would you want me to go in through your back?” before he “put his penis in my butt.” Asked why she did not more forcefully resist Polanski, the teenager told Deputy D.A. Roger Gunson, “Because I was afraid of him.”
Yes, he pled only to unlawful intercourse with a minor. But according to the documentary referred to in the blog post linked above, the plea deal was given to avoid putting the girl through the awful publicity that would have accompanied a trial — meaning Polanski almost assuredly got a better deal because he was famous.
And he never served his time.
As far as I’m concerned, he can stay in France.
UPDATE: The L.A. Times‘s front-page story on Polanski’s request does not mention the sodomy allegation. That allegation further chips away at the already ridiculous notion that sex with a 13-year-old girl under the influence of alcohol and Quaaludes can be “consensual.”