Roman Polanski was recently announced as the choice to head up the jury for the Cesar awards, the French Oscars. In addition to the outrage of women’s groups, the French minister for women’s rights responded, “It’s surprising and shocking. It sends a signal of indifference.” Following this outcry, as well as a petition signed by 61,000, Polanski stepped down from the jury.
And he’s super sad about it. :(
Announcing his decision to step down from the jury, Polanski’s lawyer Herve Temime said on Tuesday: “This controversy has been generated by totally unfounded information, forty years after the issue in question.”
“It has deeply saddened Roman Polanski and his family,” Temime said.
As a reminder, Polanski received the following grand jury charges: rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under fourteen, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, a 13-year-old girl named Samantha Geimer. According to Geimer, despite her protests, Polanski performed oral, anal and vaginal sex on her after giving her champagne and a quaalude.
According to Polanski, this is all “unfounded” because she “wasn’t unresponsive” and “did not respond negatively when he inquired as to whether or not she was enjoying what he was doing.” Finally, “the victim was not only physically mature, but willing.” This 13-year-old girl. This child. He fled to Europe and has stayed there to avoid sentencing and has never faced any actual consequence for this act other than a lifetime of living in Paris, working successfully, and winning some Oscars. HASN’T HE SUFFERED ENOUGH?
So, in short, fuck Polanski. And fuck everyone who works with him. And, while we’re at it, fuck Casey Affleck, too; it just seems appropriate.