Defenders of Roman Polanski have not minced words in their criticism of L.A. prosecutors for arresting the director three decades after he fled the U.S. before being sentenced for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called Polanski's arrest a "bit sinister."
His agent, Jeff Berg, has said that justice has already been served in the Polanski case.
Directors Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Woody Allen are among dozens in the film industry to sign a petition calling for the immediate release of Polanski. Academy-Award winning film producer Harvey Weinstein, also a signatory to the petition, wrote in the UK Indpendent calling the original plea deal in Polanski's case a "miscarriage of justice."
"Whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time," Weinstein wrote.
But such comments don't sit well with advocates of sexual abuse victims, who think Polanski's supporters in their zeal to free Polanski are sending the wrong message and downplaying the seriousness of the crime.
"Most troubling to me is that people just don’t understand the impact a crime like this has on a 13-year-old girl, and the fact that he has made some fabulous films is utterly irrelevant," said Katie Buckland, executive director of the California Women's Law Center. "It sends a message that the rich and powerful can get away with crimes that no one else can get away with."
Are these people out of their minds? My opinion yes.On the View yesterday Whoppi Goldberg was defending Polanski by hemming and hawing saying things like "it was not rape-rape".
The facts are a 42 yr old man drugs a 13yr old girl and has sex w/her.
After pleading guilty he fled the U.S.
30 yrs later he is apprehended.
Should this man pay for his crime? Are his supporters just in saying that he is somehow a victim?