I have a hard time understanding how people can try to defend the heinous actions of Director Roman Polanski. Polanski you may recall fled the U.S. prior to being sentenced for having had sex with a minor. This is not one of those stories about a 20 year-old man who had a girlfriend who was sixteen or seventeen. There is no shade of gray on this one.
He was 43 and she was 13. Read that again, he was 43 and she was 13. He was a celebrity who had lived through more than one tragedy, but still he was an adult and she was not. Read about the incident and you will see that he gave her a Quaalude and champagne. It is not a stretch to say that he drugged and raped her.
Yet he has a group of supporters of that seem to be ignoring what happened. He has a group of supporters who make light of rape and ignore that he fled the country prior to sentencing and has been living a nice life. The decades old warrant hasn't prevented him from working. He has directed other films since then and received critical acclaim for them.
Whoopie Goldberg demonstrates a terrible lack of moral clarity on this issue. As she sees it, 'It Wasn't Rape Rape.' What the hell does that mean.
The Smoking Gun has a link to transcripts from the grand jury. Read through it and you'll see how he asked her if she was on the pill. Concerned about getting her pregnant he decided to sodomize her. WTF, he has enough sense to be concerned about pregnancy but not enough to see the moral bankruptcy of his actions.
I just don't understand how people can defend him. His wealth and celebrity allowed him to escape having to face the consequences of his actions. Time has run out and now he needs to deal with the problem he ran from.
The victim of his actions can't excuse him for his actions. He didn't steal a pack of gum or a couple of dollars. He stole innocence and left a trail of destruction. It was wrong and inexcusable.