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Does jail await Roman Polanski?

September 28, 2009

GERMANYOscar-winning director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland more than 30 years since he fled the United States for France after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. At the time in 1978, Polanski agreed that he would be sentenced to 42 days that he already had served in jail, but he became convinced a judge would overrule that agreement and send him back to prison for as many as 50 years. You can read about his arrest here.

In 2008, a film documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” made the rounds at theaters. It had interviews with lawyers involved in the original case and with the victim, Samantha Geimer, who is now a mother living in Hawaii. Geimer has said that what Polanski did to her was wrong, but that he has paid the price and should be spared any more jail time.

Still, Polanski had agreed to plead guilty and fled authorities in Los Angeles.

We were out at movie theaters in Los Angeles on Sunday asking people if enough time has passed and authorities should just let go of the issue or if Polanski should return to face his sentencing and, possibly, jail at age 76. Here’s what a few people thought.


Was flabbergasted seeing and hearing Sharon Tate’s sister saying that this was consentual. !st having sex with anyone after drugging them is RAPE!
2nd-the girl was 13
rape and sodomy of a minior is inexcusable no matter how big a star does it! would a college student who roofies his date get the same backing from hollywood?
send the scum bag to jail!!!!

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