Sunday, October 6, 2013

Famous Ephebophile: Roman Polanski


I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that Academy Award nominated film director Roman Polanski gave drugs to thirteen-year-old Samantha Geimer before he raped and sodomized her, that Polanski fled the United States to France in 1978 to avoid going to jail, and that he has avoided extradition by not visiting any countries that may have been sympathetic to America.

What I wrote is true, but in fairness to Polanski it needs to be explained in more detail.  I’ll do that by summarizing James Fox’s ‘Roman ‘Holiday’” article that was featured in last month’s Vanity Fair:

In 1977, despite feeling that it was consensual and that Geimer was responsive, Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor and for his punishment he was sent to a California institution by Judge Laurence J. Rittenband for a 90-day evaluation. 42 days later, Polanski’s psychiatric report recommended that he be released with time served.

(So, contrary to popular belief, Polanski did not flee the country to escape imprisonment. He fled the country after he confessed and was evaluated, which was enough for Geimer’s family to drop the charges of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14, rape by use of drugs, perversion, and sodomy among others charges.)

As a matter of fact, Geimer stated to director Marina Zenovich for her documentary Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2012) that Polanski was not a “molester”, “pedophile” or “child rapist.” And despite the fact that Polanski drugged and sodomized her when she was a 13-year-old, she stated in 2011 on an episode of Good Morning America that the judges, “… caused way more damage to me and my family than anything Roman Polanski has ever done.”

(Typically, Samantha didn't tell the police or her mother what happened between her and Polanski. She told her boyfriend, but her sister overheard the conversation and told their mother who was advised to call the police.)

 The real reason Polanski fled the country was because he was informed that untrustworthy Judge Rittenband planned to have Polanski undergo an additional “evaluation” that could last up to 50 years. Subsequently, French-born Polanski fled to France where he would be exempt from extradition; however, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

After Polanski returned to Europe, not only did he make another movie, Tess, which won three Oscars, he began a relationship with Nastassja Kinski, the 15-year-old star of the movie.
Roman Polanski and 15-year-old Nastassja Kinski

No effort was made to arrest Polanski for 30 years after he returned to Europe until he landed in Switzerland to attend a film festival on September 26, 2009; however, after being detained for almost ten months, on July 12, 2010, the Swiss government refused to extradite Polanski to the U.S. and freed him, because the U.S. government could not prove to the Swiss that Polanski hadn't already served his sentence for the crime.

Lastly, Polanski, who is an unabashed ephebophile, was also accused of molesting 16-year-old Charlotte Lewis, who had a role in Polanski’s Pirates (1986), but no charges were filed.

Roman Polanski and 16-year-old Charlotte Lewis