Movie director and convicted sex offender Roman Polanski just completed a new film, The Ghost Writer. It is currently in limited release in the U.S. and some European markets.
As much as the film's synopsis appeals to me, I will not see it. That is because I will not support Roman Polanski's work while he is on the lam avoiding accountability for a sexual assault that he admittedly committed against a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Polanski pled guilty to sexual assault against a minor in a plea bargain. In other words, he admitted to his guilt. But then he fled the country to avoid his prison sentence. In other words, he is officially a fugitive. He doesn't want to pay the price for his crime. And so far he has gotten away with it.
I am disappointed and angry at the film industry which enables Polanski to continue making lots of money despite his fugitive status. And I am disappointed in the stars like Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, and Kim Cattrall, who star in his new film and who traveled abroad to do it because Polanski would be immediately arrested if he were to set foot in the U.S.
They are selling their souls to this fugitive rapist in the name of art, and it is not right, because that art is tainted by Polanski's disgusting crime.
If this were a no-name director who had committed the same crime, I suspect he would have been forced to serve his time. And, once that time is served, make movies again! But until then, justice requires that you serve your sentence.
But Polanski's superstar status somehow wins him the sympathy and support of much of the public and far too many in Hollywood.
It's criminal. Literally.
>> If you have any questions or doubts about what occurred on the evening of the crime, read the court transcript of the victim's testimony. And remember: Polanski pled guilty.