Disgraced Filmmaker has been once again accused of rape. This is far from the first time.
In an interview with the French newspaper, Monnier, now 62, alleged the incident occurred at Polanski’s ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.
“I had no links with him, neither personal nor professional and hardly knew him,” Monnier said, adding the alleged rape was “extremely violent.”
“He pummelled me until I gave in and then raped me, making me do all sorts of things,” she claimed.
A French lawyer for Polanski, Hervé Temime, told Le Parisien in a statement that Polanski “firmly denies all accusations of rape, adding the allegations “which date back 45 years have never been reported to judicial authorities.”
Per TheGuardian, On 1 February 1978, after 42 days in jail, Polanski fled the US while awaiting final sentencing, having pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. On these facts, everyone agrees.
There are no hazy conspiracy theories – we know exactly what happened because Polanski admitted to it and later wrote about it in astonishing detail in his autobiography, Roman by Polanski, published six years after he left the US and went to France, where he still lives.
There are some quibbles about who said what, but the generally agreed facts are as follows: in March 1977 Polanski, who was then 43, took a child, Samantha Gailey (now Geimer), who he knew was 13 years old, to Jack Nicholson’s house to take photos of her for a magazine. There, he gave her champagne and, according to her, quaaludes. He then had sex with her, drove her home and, the next day, was arrested.
Shockingly, Many Hollywood celebrities, including quite a few that are also vehemently anti-Trump, have defended Polanski.
2009, AFP reported that a grand assembly of filmmakers, actors and producers from around the world have signed a petition urging the release of director Roman Polanski.
The signatures have quite some familiar names
Natalie Portman (who later said she regretted it)
Meryl Streep has vehemently defended Polanski, saying “Roman Polanksi, i’m very sorry he’s in jail.”
When Roman Polanski won an Oscar for “The Pianist,” in 2013, Streep, Jack Nicholson and others stood up and gave Polanski a standing ovation.
Whoppi Goldberg defended Polanski and also promoted the idea that Statutory rape and criminalizing having sex with a 13 year old is more due to our “cultural norm” and “not everybody agrees with the way we see things.”
“I have to tell you, again. We’re a different kind of society. We see things differently. The world sees 13 year olds and 14 year olds and the rest of Europe, they are seen oftentimes. Well, Sheri I don’t know but I do know that not everybody agrees with the way we see things.
Perhaps one of the most shocking defenses of Polanski was from director Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino attacked the 13 year old victim in an interview with Howard Stern, saying she “wanted it,” was a “party girl” was “asking for it.”
Per DailyBeast, Tarantino passionately defends Polanski, saying, “He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape… he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.” Later on, he insisted that, “She wanted to have it and dated the guy.” Even when pressed on some of the details of the incident—like Polanski giving the 13-year-old girl in question “booze and pills” before raping her—Tarantino concluded, “Look, she was down with this.”
Per Marlow Stern r “Despite his sexual-assault conviction, Hollywood’s A-listers have continued to flock to [Polanski’s] films. There was Harrison Ford in 1988’s Frantic; Hugh Grant toplining 1992’s Bitter Moon; Johnny Depp’s star turn in 1999’s The Ninth Gate; Ewan McGregor as a tortured scribe in 2010’s The Ghost Writer; and Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster in 2011’s Carnage. Polanski even had a cameo as a Paris police commissioner who gives Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan thorough cavity searches in the 2007 studio comedy Rush Hour 3.”
But beyond acceptance in Hollywood, a deeper dive into Polanski’s most adamant A-list apologists now reads like a who’s who of accused abusers and clearly complicit dudes. Like Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein himself emphatically defended the director. In a 2009 op-ed in The Independent, the now thoroughly disgraced producer explained, “Thierry Frémaux, the director of the Cannes film festival, and I are calling on every US filmmaker to lobby against any move to bring Polanski back to the US, where he could face life in jail.” He continued, “Whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time.”
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