Polanski wins best director at Cesars, prompting walkout protest

By Elizabeth Pineau and Richard Lough

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Raping a 13-year-old girl after plying her with alcohol would mean the immediate end of one's career in just about any other industry.

But not in Hollywood.

Polanski's rape of that girl happened back in the 1970s, and since then he's been showered with accolades and even an Academy Award.

And remember that it was not just an accusation. He had already pleaded guilty, but fled the U.S. while awaiting sentencing. He hasn't been able to set foot in the U.S. since, but Hollywood treats him like royalty anyway.


-7 ( +3 / -10 )

I judge him by his talent, not his private life

Reminds me of the teacher who accidentally ran over a kid and was having his teaching license revoked. His argument was something like: "hes a good teacher, just a terrible driver."

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Historic accusations in no way affect the quality of the work, the award is given for the individual film not for the morality of one of the people involved in its production. Criminal liability is for the courts to decide not an arts awards committee.

If you damn the film, you damn the work of the many involved against whom there are no historic accusations..

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He's an admitted rapist who, despite having been found guilty or raping a 13-year-old, was too much of a coward to face justice, and ran away.

Damn the man.

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Polanski the rapist belongs only in prison.

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The below article from Wikipedia took me 30 seconds to find. Please get your facts straight. He's not an admitted rapist.

"In 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He subsequently pled guilty to the lesser offence of unlawful sex with a minor. After spending 42 days undergoing psychiatric evaluation in prison in preparation for sentencing, Polanski, who had expected to be put on probation, fled to Paris after learning that the judge planned to reject his plea deal and impose a prison term."

The film for which he won the awards is about anti-Semitism. Polanski, who is Jewish is Holocaust survivor. His Mother was murdered by the Nazis, and his wife, Sharon Tate was murdered by the Charles Manson gang.

These are facts.

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If only he'd served his sentence, still wouldn't stop him molesting children, as he continues to do, but it would make the 13year feel he was punished for his crime

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Wellington says that, according to wikipedia:

[Polanski] is not an admitted rapist.

From the article above:

Polanski, who fled the United States for France in the late 1970s after admitting raping a 13-year-old girl, 

From a dictionary:

statutory rape

noun: statutory rape

(in some jurisdictions) sexual intercourse with a minor.

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