Okay, I'm totally sick of this right now, but I think I need to fully explain my thoughts on the Polanski matter, given that I'm now seen as a friend to child molesters on a couple of websites, because of my comments on the subject.
First off, yes, Polanski pled guilty to knowingly having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Yes, she gave excruciating testimony to the Grand Jury about what she described as a forced drugging and rape, which has recently been made public by The Smoking Gun.
As a result, lots of people who never heard anything about this before read the court material and FREAK OUT!!!1!!! On the internet!!!1!!!!!!
I remember this case from the 70s. It was a pretty big deal back then too. The difference is that back then most people thought that the mother knowingly put her in the situation, and was looking to cash out (which she did) and that this was something of a set up. People were a little suspicious of the fact that there was this grand accusation, then a plea from the family not to try the case, then a monetary settlement.
Of course, now, all of that is irrelevant because there can be no grey area where adolescents are concerned and he should be raped himself and blah, blah, blah.
My feeling is that, yeah, he's a creep, he's a bad dude, but he came to a settlement with the court and the family (42 days in jail and presumably a good deal of cash) and then the judge pulled the rug out from under him, preening for the media. 42 DAYS IN JAIL?!?! THAT'S IT? you say. Keep in mind that this sentence was a result of the family's wish to plea bargain, and Polanski's wish to move on. Polanski forfeited his right to try to prove his innocence in exchange for the promise of a light sentence. When the judge put the full sentence back on the table, engaging in what many consider to be judicial misconduct, Polanski fled.
Also, the victim is past it and wants it dropped, it was 30 fucking years ago, and for God's sake, whatever! Can we go back to talking about healthcare and global warming?
That is all.
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