November 29, 2009

Polanski will enjoy broad freedoms during house arrest at his Alpine chalet

Posted: 07:56 PM ET

via Los Angeles Times

Roman Polanski pleaded guilty in August 1977 to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old. When Roman Polanski is released on bail in the next few days to be under house arrest at his Alpine chalet, he will have much more freedom than he did at his Zurich-area jail cell, according to reports from Switzerland.

A Swiss justice officials was quoted by AFP and Swiss news media as saying Polanski would be allowed to make unlimited phone calls and have full access to e-mail and the Internet. Although he cannot leave his house, he can invite friends over and throw parties at the tony chalet in the ski resort of Gstaad.

"He will have no prison regime," Justice Ministry spokesman Falco Galli told AFP. "He is completely free to determine his daily schedule. It's also up to him to get in food and other supplies."

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Dodie   November 29th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

In March 1977, Roman Polanski accepted the assignment for Vogue Hommes International to take pictures of adolescent girls, one of which was Samantha age 13 at that time. Polanski was arrested for the sexual assault of Samantha. She testified that Polanski gave her a combination of champagne and Quaaludes, an extremely strong sedative drug rendering her unable to defend herself physically. This combination can be very lethal. Despite repeated protests and being asked to stop, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy.

The grand jury charged Polanski with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under fourteen, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. In an effort to preserve Samantha’s anonymity, her attorney arranged a plea bargain which Polanski accepted, and, under the terms, five of the initial charges were to be dismissed. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse, which is synonymous to statutory rape. Needless to say, he certainly got off easy considering his behaviors.

To avoid sentencing, Polanski returned to his home in London, but quickly moved on to France the following day, which created an arrest warrant from the US. In 2005 an international arrest warrant was activated. Iin September 2009 Polanski was arrested by the Swiss police. On October 23, 2009, The US formally requested his extradition.

So now Polanski will be released on bail under house arrest at his Alpine chalet! So what does that show the world?

1. You can commit a heinous crime and get away with it as long as you flee to another country.
2. People with wealth and stature are not held as responsible as the mass.

Warning to Switzerland! A child predator will always be a child predator.

Parents and family, who have children ranging in age from 8 to 16 living or visiting that area,................. watch your children!!!!

You have a predator loose!!!

pat davis   November 29th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

You know what I find funny, this whole discusting episod with the 13 year old took place at the home of Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston, when are they going to get questioned in this ordeal. I'm sure they were totally aware of what was going on at the time. It's amazing how some celebrities are protected and some are lynced! The whole thing is discusting. He's on the bracelet but he's allowed to throw parties! Warning: Parent Leave The Kids At Home!

MsNomer n AZ   November 29th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

So are you saying it was a good thing Sharon didn't give birth? Come on people....the girl herself doesn't want to prosecute him. I know there are plenty of drug addicted 13 year olds that look older than 13. I passed for 21 in Los Vegas at the roulette wheel when I was in 8th grade. . That doesn't make Polanski a child predator.

pat davis   November 30th, 2009 12:40 am ET

I never said he was a child predator, but he had sex with a 13 year old and he should pay.

John H.   November 30th, 2009 12:53 am ET

@MsNomver n AZ...So this girl who was 13 at the time and now is a grown woman who probably has worked hard to put this all behind her doesn't want to prosecute! I get it, since he managed to evade punishment way back then, he gets a free ride from here on? I don't think so! If you will read Dodie's earlier comment you will see this wasn't just an innocent little episode with someone he thought was of age. I find Dodie usually does some pretty good research on these issues and I expect she did so again here. Pat and Dodie, stick to your guns! Don't let MsNomer n AZ get away with excuses for this man by stating some 13 year olds look older than they really are. Hogwash!

Dodie   November 30th, 2009 2:16 am ET

@ John H.

You are right on the money John! Roman Polanski accepted the assignment for Vogue Hommes International to take pictures of "adolescent girls" one of which was the girl he sodomized! She met him as an adolescent model...not a drugged teen. Quite a difference!

Oh I read your last blog and laughed so hard. You could write a comedy screenplay regarding all the stories that have been told to you. I would imagine a Judge hears the same garbage too! I find it just amazing how creative people can be with their stories!!! LOL

pat davis   November 30th, 2009 2:25 am ET

John H.,

I couldn't beleive what I was reading. Defending a man who gave a 13 year old drugs and then had sex with her! Who would defend such a crime? If this was the average Joe off the street do you think they'd still be free? I don't think so. Even after all those years they would be prosecuted with or without the consent of the victim. This whole thing discusts me!

ckelly   November 30th, 2009 2:42 am ET

He has been charged and needs to face the music. Hopefully he doen't escape again, through manipulation the good graces of the judicial system.

Ted   November 30th, 2009 8:54 am ET

Although our constitution guarantees equal rights, still there are people with more rights than the most!! All you have to have is money or fame and right away you can get away even with murder or rape.
O.J. Simpson is an example.

Polanski should be deported back to the States from Switzerland and should face the music at full volume.
Just because the victim doesn´t want this case followed anymore, this do not release the authorities from their duty to prosecute him for the many crimes commited and put him where he belongs, into jail.

There is another group of people who get away with every possible crime, the catholic church and its priests!
In Ireland there was a recent investigation into charges of priests misusing children for decades, and the bishops and the cardinal of Dublin did everything possible to hinder the investigation. One priest admitted of misusing over 300 children over the years!!
Yes, you read it correctly, over 300!!
Cardinal Martin of Dublin is asking for forgiveness, I say put him, his bishops and all the dirty priests into jail and throw the keys away!!
Their transfer to another parish is only guaranteeing that they will molest other children. Do you remember the priests from Boston? They were transferred by the bishop and continued their shameful deed someplace else.

They should come on the list of dangerous sexual offenders, so when they show up in your town you can protect your children!!!

Ted   November 30th, 2009 9:14 am ET

The Vatican preaches water, however it drinks wine and plenty of it.

In the 1970s the Bank of Vatican was caught washing money for the Mafia and other similar illegal and criminal businesses.
The newly elected Pope John Paul I wanted to clean house, therefore he was poisoned after less than a year in office. The Vatican refused the italian authorities to have the case investigated under their rights as a sovereign state.
The director of the bank went for a walk and ended up hanging under a bridge in Rome, not the usual way to end a passagio in Italy. In other words, the Vatican was cleaning house and covering up with extreme prejudice!!

Two days ago I heard the news that the state attorney of Rome is again investigating the Bank of Vatican for money laundering and wants to know who owns the account where 60 million euros a year are paid in since 2003 and where does that money go?
It seems the Vatican is back to the old dirty work of handling mafia money that comes fron drugs and other crimes.

Do not believe what they say, but watch what they do!!

pat davis   November 30th, 2009 11:42 am ET


WOW! That old saying is true, Nothing's Sacred!

Dodie   November 30th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

@ Ted (Good Morning) Always enjoyable to see what you have to say!

WoooooooWoooooooooo You let them have it! Excellent statements and conclusions. And I suspect somewhere the CIA is involved with the Vatican too. And they call that the "word of God"?

I have always felt the CiA, Mafia and Vatican have all been in bed with each other!. Talk about a 'rocky' relationship!!! ~whew~

Ted   November 30th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

@ Dodie,

I return the compliment, you research the subject before you write a comment and we can believe it is true.
Keep up the good work and open up eyes.

Mark M   November 30th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

Roman Polanski should be in prison for life. End of story.

Cocovelvet   November 30th, 2009 6:02 pm ET

This is just ridiculous, if not absurd. !! This whole case around Polanski is as ridiculous and outrageous as the one going on in Italy about the American student and her italian boyfriend who are accused of murdering a fellow english student, whilst at the same time a black fellow is already behind bars for the same crime. What direction is justice really taking these days ???!!!!

First of all, Polanski has been frequenting the Swiss country for almost twenty years, thats why he has this Alpine home of his there where he is supposedly serving his house arrest. What was going on between those twenty years and some few weeks back when he was arrested entering the same country he used to enter for those twenty years ??!!! Were the swiss authorities unaware of those travesties by Polanski all those years and only woke up just then and jumped on him right now to arrest him ??? RIDICULOUS REALLY !!!!

Norma   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

They are only guilty of making the secret service look stupid!

P GJ   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

The question to ask: Why would the White House invite the Salahis anyway?

I beleive they should be prosecuted to send a lesson to other want to be celebry who might attempt to put the life of the most important man on the Earth in jeopardy.

kuda   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

they should be charged with tresspassing

steve   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

the secret service should pay the white house crashers for exposing a threat – not arrest them. A good way for Obama to say – take your own responsability – quit baming others for your mistakes

Daniel Kalu, P.Eng.   November 30th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

The White House party crashers should not face any charges, criminal or civil; on the contrary the couple should be congratulated for exposing the vulnerable insecurity of the White House.
Punishing them can be likened to a man who finds his wife willingly in bed with a stranger and fights the stranger instead of recoiling to himself to meditate and correct areas in his marrital relationship that made his wife to disrespect him'
Daniel Kalu,P.Eng.(Canada)

atlasbrown   November 30th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

No Liberalism is a mental disorder
The lovely libs in Washington including the judge who let him out on bail also share responsibility.

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