September 28, 2009

'In a Fighting Mood,' Roman Polanski Will Contest Extradition to U.S.

Posted: 10:33 PM ET

Washington Post Foreign Service

Roman Polanski attends a film premiere in Paris, France, in June 2009.PARIS, Sept. 28 - Roman Polanski's chief attorney said Monday the imprisoned movie director would fight any attempt by Swiss authorities to extradite him to the United States, setting the stage for an international legal struggle over his fate.

"He is in a fighting mood and determined to defend himself," the Paris-based lawyer, Herve Temime, said in a statement.

European cultural figures, political leaders and show-business personalities rose up in Polanski's defense, insisting that the film director be released because his original criminal charge dates from a 1977 incident. They portrayed the determination of Los Angeles judicial authorities to bring him to trial so many years later as vindictive and a stain on U.S. democracy.

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alex lyrics   September 28th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

He can fight, but it will only make the judge and the system more angry at him

Dodie ~ California   September 28th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

I only hope that Roman Polanski’s cell mate will be "Big Baba" the fornicator of men!!!

Maybe he will then get a 'taste' of what it is like!

Dodie ~ California   September 28th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

The behavior of drugging and raping children does not extinguish easily. I wonder how many French children has he raped and how many more children will he continue to sodomize if allowed to go free?

merna   September 28th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

It's funny that this guy gets a pass eventhough he admits to raping a 13 year old girl, but Michael Jackson is tried and found not guilty and he's still plagued by this even after death. I think there is an obvious double standard in the media.

alex lyrics   September 28th, 2009 11:42 pm ET


That was a very smart comment . I am only sorry I didn't come up with that myself. Quick thinking Merna.

Yeah they bsically hung Michael Jackson, and this guy is white and he is being defended in Hollywood. What a double standard, and Mkchael Jacksom was never comvicted by courts, he was convicted in public opinion.

Because he never really dated women, and it was easy for him to be a target because he was black. Juries are quick to believe a black man did it.

Those Hollywood people sold Michael out, and they kiss Romans a',,ss because he has made a few billion, and they want a job on his films.

Raychil   September 29th, 2009 12:36 am ET

He neesds to punished for the crime he admitted. Why are these Hollywood types supporting him and they threw Michael J

Raychil   September 29th, 2009 12:37 am ET

They threw Michael Jackson under the bus even though he was found not guilty. Hypocrites!

Rocky   September 29th, 2009 1:07 am ET

The higher the person in fame .. like MJ .. the higher is the reporting in media....

Maureen (UK)   September 29th, 2009 6:23 am ET

Merna, Alex, Raychil & Rocky

You're right to use this as a good comparison to how Michael Jackson was treated. Unfortunately, I can hardly remember it, but that's no doubt because the press didn't sabotage Polanski's career the way they sabotaged Michael's.
Plus there's money & power in the film industry.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   September 29th, 2009 7:09 am ET

I sympathise with the terrible things that happened in his life.........but didn't he run away from this.......fled America. Does he think he is above the law or what. He needs to face up to it I's been like 30 years.

gord   September 29th, 2009 9:40 am ET

took 30 years to get a guy walking the street you will never get bin ladin

ckelly   September 29th, 2009 11:33 am ET

Roman Polansky needs to come back and face the music.

It was a terrible crime at a time when sex with minors and incest was never discussed in the media. Would he have done it if he was the same man, same age, today? Highly doubtful. This was a time when musicians and hollywood thought they were "above the law"-The McKenzie Phillips story is another example of what was probably an epidemic of dirty little secrets, kept by the rich and powerful."The untouchables." We still see it today in the politcal world where government officials feel entitled on so many levels. We see it in the media everyday as the powerful get exposed-as if they they thought they couldn't?

However, as terrible a crime as it is, 50 years seems unjust. Yet he needs to come back to the USA and face justice. Paradoxically, in British Columbia I have had to fight with police in charging adults with "raping" 13 and 14 year old girls due to the legal age of consent (14). Among poorer families, the police have a tendency to see verbal consent as consent and not rape. Our laws are not as punitive either. Its easier to plead guilty and do time in Canada-I worked as a sexual abuse counselor in the early 90's, with two victims of incest. Their father, "a pillar of the community" had been raping both his daughters aged 12 and 14, until the youngest told her mother. He got 25 months but was allowed to go to his job everyday from prison so the family wouldn't suffer further. It doesn't seem right does it?

My point is that there are extremes of justice. Does it serve the community to put Roman Polansky in Jail for decades? I don't know.
But it is for the courts to decide and he is not above the law. When we consider the Jay-cee Duggard case and the anger people have towards her rapist and sexual predators in general- Roman Polansky would have done himself better to turn himself in a long time ago.

I do take great exception to some of Hollywood's attitude towards Polansky. There seems to be an implied "Lolita" complex belonging to the artistic world, where the age of early adolescence is viewed as ambivalent and therefore, "fairly' exploited. This is not dissimilar to the way that sexual exploitation by a female teacher is not treated with the same contempt as sexual exploitation by a male teacher. Our views of female sexuality are misunderstood and often unfairly judged through a masculine viewpoint to make sense of the act. What Polansky, his wealthy European and Hollywood supporters view as "artistic license" is irrelevant. No one is above the law and our children deserve to be respected.

Terrie   September 29th, 2009 12:14 pm ET

Roman Polanski had been on the run for years as far as I could remember and am glad that he was finally caught! He was such pervert when it came to very young teenage girls while still married to the late actress Sharon Tate..he even carried an affair with actress Nastassja Kinski whilde she was a young teenager while making a movie which I believed he was directing!

He needs to face the music and pay for his sins..just because he is well known in the entertainment business doesn't mean he is excused from his wrongdoings and gets a little slap on the wrist!

Jan   September 29th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

what is diane dimond and tom sneddon stance on this?

Gina Marie Braten   September 29th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Merna, good point, I was thinking exactly the same thing, MJ is acquitted, but people are out there calling him a pedophile, and this joker ADMITS he had sex with a 13 year old, and flees the country, and people are defending him, and our government was in no hurry to bring him back to stand trial! HYPOCRISY!!!!

Gina Marie Braten   September 29th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Did this happen in Santa Barbara County? That would make it interesting if Sneddon is the D.A. on this case....maybe he's trying to rehabilitate his rep, or he has nobody to bully since MJ died, so NOW he goes after Polansky, when his sorry pereverted ass should have been prosecuted years ago!

Rose   September 29th, 2009 5:44 pm ET


Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercouse and was sent to prison for 42 days of psychiatric evaluation. Lawyers agreed that would be his FULL sentence, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargin. Aware that the judge would sentence him to more prison time Polanski fled to France.

The victim Samantha Geimer joined in Polanski’s bid for dismissal. She sued Polanski and reached an undisclosed settlement already.

A new judge was assigned to the Polanski case in 1997. The judge agreed to throw out the charges if Polanski were to return to the US – on ONE condition: that the hearing be televised. Because of that, Polanski decided against coming back.

Jeff   September 29th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

This has nothing to do with Michael Jackson or race at all unless you want to make it one. The facts are the facts. He admitted to the one of the most disgusting heinous crimes of actually drugging and having intercourse with a 13 year old. I would love to see what the people that are screaming for his release would say if they were asked to turn over their 13 year old to Mr. Polanski. The duration between the event itself and now means absolutely NOTHING except for the fact that Polanski was able to avoid prosecution by leaving the country which in my mind is another admission of guilt. He admitted he did the deed. It is time to pay the piper. The law is the law for least it should be 🙁
Jeff Rast
Tampa, Florida

JIM Carroll   September 29th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

California could create its own money by making it good only in the state of California and exchangeable with the dollar in California. Since the Federal Government has a stupid money policy, there is no need for California to be broke when money is only a medium of exchange for good an service. California could withdraw from the United States and become a new country. It could then create its own money supply like 191 other countries– which would be good anywhere in the world. This would get the USA of the off of a gold standard mentality.

Article 1, Section 8, Constitution gives the Federal Government the power to keep a balanced money supply. New money should be made available to all the states without any matching funds required for creating jobs and funding new businesses which produces new jobs. Goods and services have real value. Money is only numbers on a computer chip which exchanges goods and services.

carmela oteyza   September 30th, 2009 2:30 am ET

I was very dissapointed with Larry's interview with president Chavez. It seems he did not prepare his questions. Or worse he wanted Chavez to look as the good democratic president he is not. If he had researched a little bit he will know that Chavez has not reduced poverty, he now uses methods for measuring poverty percentages that will give numbers that makes him look good. He will know that Chavez goes against any journalist that criticizes his government. He will know that the so called misiones are not helping people. He will know that even though we get a lot of money from oil exports, it is not invested in building schools, good health care, etc. It is on the contrary given to countries which in most cases are against USA. I hope that next time, if it comes, you will at least take some time to be more profesional.

paolo   October 2nd, 2009 5:41 am ET

In France and others european countries this is not a crime !
In France the city of Cannes is the European Capital of paedophilia, Kidnapping and Sequestration of girls, young women and minors !
In France the Police Force helps the organized crime !
Trafficking in girls, young women and children for sexual exploitation is a multi-billion-Euro business which involves citizens of most countries in europe and helps sustain organized crime!

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