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  • US prosecutors ask Poland to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski

    01/11/2015 6:43:18 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Warsaw Voice, The ^ | January 8, 2015 | Warsaw Voice, The
    US prosecutors have sent Poland extradition request for Polish-born filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is wanted in the United States on charges from 1977 for unlawful sex with a minor, an official said Wednesday. Poland has received the request because Polanski has been visiting Poland, preparing for his new movie An Officer and a Spy.
  • Poland fails to arrest Roman Polanski again

    10/31/2014 5:54:38 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 9 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 31, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Convicted child rapist and pedophile Roman Polanski found himself once again briefly detained by authorities in Poland this week. And yet again, he was released despite requests from the United States to hold him for extradition. But before getting to the details, its worth pausing for a moment to note how CNN chose to describe the situation. Famed film director Roman Polanski, wanted in the United States for having sex with a minor in the 1970s, was questioned this week by Polish authorities but allowed to leave after the interview. Yes, I suppose you could choose to say that he...
  • Rosemarys Baby: A Warning to the Curious

    01/17/2014 4:39:15 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 17, 2014 | K. V. Turley
    Unexpectedly, I came across a reference to NBC re-making Rosemary’s Baby into a four-hour mini-series; press reports suggest that shooting has already begun this month. With this news, a fear began to grip as my thoughts returned to the original.Strange tales grow up around movies. Like many before and since, Rosemary’s Baby has had its fair share. There is one, however, regarding that 1968 movie that to this day, continues to disquiet, revealing as it does a tale seemingly darker than that which transpired upon the screen.Sharon Tate was one of the “faces” of the 1960s—like Christie and Bardot;...
  • Mia and Ronan Farrow Slam Golden Globes' Woody Allen Tribute Via Twitter

    01/13/2014 10:40:54 AM PST · by diverteach · 43 replies
    E! Online ^ | 1/13/2014 | Lilly Harrison
    Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow didn't hold back their disdain for Woody Allen on Twitter Sunday evening. The mother and son tweeted out against the tribute to the director at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. "Time to grab some ice cream & switch over to #GIRLS," Mia tweeted when Allen's tribute began to start. Diane Keaton accepted the Cecil. B. DeMille Award on behalf of the Hollywood heavyweightextolling the director's work with actresses, dropping a few curse words and even singing during her monologue. But Ronan's tweet made it clear that he wouldn't be offering any tributes at his house....
  • Just In from Cannes: Polanski blames Obamacare and Big Pharma for SheMales

    05/26/2013 8:09:52 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-26-2013 | MOTUS
    We spent our first four years blaming everything on former President Bush, So long, butt not goodbye. Weve now decided to (finally) move on to more sophisticated defenses for our inherent inadequacies. The new excuse alibi immunity is provided by defenses variously known as the Sgt. Schultz, the Nuremberg or the Three Wise Monkeys (I think we can reject that last one out of hand; not because its a dog whistle, butt because of the wise part.). (SNIP) Now, before you get out there and fire up the charcoal grill, or campfire if youre in one of the Global Warming...
  • Polanski blames the Pill for 'masculinising' women

    05/25/2013 8:25:37 PM PDT · by thecodont · 58 replies
    AFP - Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Saturday blamed birth control pills for "masculinising" women, as he premiered what he called a satire on sexism. Polanski unveiled "Venus in Fur" starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, which was the last movie in competition to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Asked by a reporter how his views of women had changed over time, the filmmaker said he thought feminism and advances in contraception had blurred the distinctions between the sexes. "I think that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent, that's how I feel about it," he told a...
  • Roman Polanski To Collect Festival Honor In Zurich

    09/16/2011 11:52:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    BBCNews ^ | September 16, 2011
    Roman Polanski To Collect Festival Honor In Zurich Director Roman Polanski is to collect a career honour at the Zurich Film Festival, two years after his arrest in the city on child sex charges. Organisers say the 78-year-old will attend the gala to receive his award which he was set to pick up in 2009. Swiss police arrested Polanski on his arrival in the country over his 1977 US conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He was held for 10 months before Swiss courts decided not to extradite him. The tribute ceremony to present Polanski with his lifetime...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn: sexual contact with chambermaid 'consensual'

    05/17/2011 8:57:47 PM PDT · by rawhide · 91 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 10:51PM BST 17 May 2011 | Jon Swaine
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn will admit he had sexual contact with the hotel chambermaid who alleges he attacked her, but insist it was consensual, his lawyers have indicated. The International Monetary Fund chief allegedly locked the maid in his suite at Manhattan's Sofitel on Saturday and forced her to give him oral sex. He was denied $1m bail and is being held at Rikers Island jail. However in a hint at what may become his main line of defence, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said at New York criminal court: "The evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible encounter". It...
  • Caption this photo

    03/15/2011 6:16:28 PM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    03/15/2011
    Roman Polanski goofing around with Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, John C Reilly and Jodi Foster. They are in his next film.
  • Devaluing Children, Another "Liberal" Policy

    07/14/2010 9:23:14 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 1 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 07-15-10 | stolinsky
    The liberal “elite” disguise themselves as pro-child, pro-woman humanitarians. But sometimes the disguise slips, revealing what lies beneath. It’s not a pretty sight. It includes demoting the unborn to things that can be discarded at our convenience. It includes seeing children not as unique individuals in God’s image, but − like a BMW − as possessions to flaunt. It includes prematurely sexualizing children by TV, films, and classes beginning as early as the first grade. It includes excusing a child molester if he is “one of us.”
  • Polanski free, Swiss reject US extradition request

    07/12/2010 5:49:41 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 31 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 7/12/10 | Bradley Klapper and Frank Jordans
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) - The Swiss government declared renowned film director Roman Polanski a free man on Monday after rejecting a U.S. request to extradite him on a charge of having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss mostly blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's sentencing procedure in 1977-1978. The Justice Ministry also said that national interests were taken into consideration in the stunning decision. "The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the USA," the ministry said in a statement. "The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked."
  • Switzerland won't extradite Polanski to the U.S.

    07/12/2010 5:33:28 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 41 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 12, 2010 | msnbc.com news services
    GENEVA Switzerland said Monday that it won't extradite Roman Polanski to the United States for sentencing on a charge of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Oscar-winning director of "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist" was accused of plying his victim with champagne and part of a Quaalude during a 1977 modeling shoot and raping her. He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. What happened after that is a subject of dispute. The defense says the now...
  • Roman Polanski released

    07/12/2010 5:28:50 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 38 replies
    20 Minutes ^ | 12.07.2010 | unknown
    Site in German- Polanski has been freed from house arrest in Switzerland and is free to travel. US has no recourse.
  • Roman Polanski, Pay Your Debt to Society

    05/21/2010 7:05:55 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies · 304+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 05-21-10 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    It should be stated that Hollywood and European liberals alike follow the same mindset as Woody Allen that Polanski is more victim than criminal. To these disconnected liberals, prima-facie evidence of Polanskis suffering is apparent to them because in hiding from his sentence in the U.S., he has been denied total freedom to travel. I guess it is true that the filmmaker has been denied the penthouses and fancy cars of America and has been reduced to merely basking in the penthouses and fancy cars of other countries.
  • Roman Polanski petition circulating at Cannes

    05/16/2010 11:25:21 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 551+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 05/16/2010 | Stuart Kemp
    CANNES -- To sign or not to sign is the big question at this year's Festival de Cannes, and there's not a deal memo in sight. But then a petition in support of director Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland in connection with a 33-year-old sex scandal, is always going to set tongues wagging. The Croisette-pounders have even more to buzz about following new allegations Friday by British actress Charlotte Lewis that she was sexually abused by Polanski in 1982 when she was 16. Just hours before Lewis made the claim at a news conference in Los...
  • Roman Polanski hit by fresh sex allegations (16-yo British actress, now 42, claims forcible rape)

    05/14/2010 2:00:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,324+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/10 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski was hit by fresh sex crime allegations Friday by a British actress who claimed the director "forced himself" upon her just after her 16th birthday. Polanski, who is fighting extradition to the United States to face sentencing in his 1978 child sex case, was accused by actress Charlotte Lewis, 42, of abusing her at his apartment in Paris nearly 30 years ago. In a press conference at the Beverly Hills offices of attorney Gloria Allred, Lewis said she was speaking out to counter suggestions from Polanski's legal team that his earlier case...
  • British actress says Roman Polanski forced her to have sex with him in 1982 when she was 16

    05/14/2010 2:03:37 PM PDT · by FTJM · 25 replies · 1,657+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 15, 2010 | Richard Winton
    A British actress took center stage in the Roman Polanski case on Friday, holding a press conference to say the famed director forced her to have sex with him when she was 16 years old. Charlotte Lewis, who appeared in Polanski's 1986 film "Pirates," told reporters that the Oscar-winning director "forced himself" upon her in 1982 in Paris as they worked on the film. Lewis did not report the incident at the time in 1982, and it's unclear why she chose to hold a press conference now. Lewis, now 42, alleges the incident occurred in a Paris apartment. The legal...
  • Actress Claims Polanski Sexually Abused Her (Gloria Allred Alert)

    05/14/2010 12:09:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 43 replies · 1,613+ views
    TMZ ^ | 05/14/2010 | TMZ Staff
    A woman has come forward claiming Roman Polanski abused her over 25 years ago -- when she was 16 years old ... 4 years after Polanski fled the U.S. Charlotte Lewis -- who co-starred with Eddie Murphy in "The Golden Child" -- was front and center at a Gloria Allred news conference that ended a few minutes ago ... claiming she has now told authorities her story.
  • Judge refuses to unseal testimony in Polanski case

    05/10/2010 3:19:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 492+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/10/10
    LOS ANGELES, (AP) -- A judge has refused to unseal secret testimony given by the original prosecutor in Roman Polanski's 33-year-old sex case.
  • Polanski: "I Can Remain Silent No Longer!"

    05/02/2010 8:05:03 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies · 1,163+ views
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | Nikke Finke
    Film director Roman Polanski today broke his silence first the time about his Swiss arrest and pending extradition back to Los Angeles. He released this statement to the news media through his Paris friend and author Bernard-Henri Lvy, director of the French magazine La Rgle du Jeu: Throughout my seven months since September 26, 2009, the date of my arrest at Zurich Airport, where I had landed with a view to receiving a lifetime award for my work from the representative of the Swiss Minister of Culture, I have refrained from making any public statements and have requested my lawyers...
  • Polanski Begs Obama for Mercy

    04/21/2010 4:21:13 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 33 replies · 792+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/21/10 | Eric Pape
    Why did French President Nicolas Sarkozy hand-deliver a letter last week to President Obama from fugitive director Roman Polanski asking for leniency? Eric Pape on Polanskis private plea for clemency. In an astonishing act of backroom international diplomacy, French President Nicolas Sarkozy hand-delivered a letter from fugitive Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to President Barack Obama last week on the sidelines of the international anti-nuke proliferation summit in Washington, according to a small and little-noticed article embedded in the prestigious French political magazine, LExpress. Talk about dropping a stink bomb. The Polanski letter, which is not directly quoted in LExpress article,...
  • Prosecutors renew demands for Polanski's return

    03/30/2010 11:27:55 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 1 replies · 630+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 31 | LINDA DEUTSCH
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The contentious battle between the prosecution and defense in Roman Polanski's 33-year-old sex case escalated Tuesday with prosecutors accusing the Polanski side of using "half-truths, omissions and speculation" to paint a false picture of the conflict. Two prosecutors who handle appellate matters for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office also adamantly denied they had hidden information from the defense and renewed their demand that Polanski be returned to the United States from Switzerland to face a court hearing and sentencing. They said they have acted "with the utmost openness and integrity" and provided lawyers with...
  • Polanski is Petitioning for Freedom

    03/18/2010 11:38:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 369+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 19, 2010 | Andrew Blankstein
    The film director's attorneys want the case against him dropped based on the alleged misconduct of the judge in the 1977 child sex case. Attorneys for Roman Polanski petitioned a state appellate court Thursday to drop the criminal case against the director, citing secret discussions between high-ranking prosecutors and the judge during the director's 1977 case. Polanski's lawyers described "communications" that involved Laurence J. Rittenband, the original judge in the case, and two top officials at the district attorney's office, Michael Montagna and Stephen Trott. After the discussions, Trott and Montagna then blocked an effort by the prosecutor on the...
  • Ewan McGregor Praises 'Ghost Writer' Director Roman Polanski

    02/18/2010 8:12:32 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 6 replies · 317+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | 02/18/10 | SHEILA MARIKAR
    Ewan McGregor Calls Polanski 'Legendary,' Won't Comment on Sex Abuse Case While the case of Roman Polanski continues to play out in Swiss and American courts, Ewan McGregor, the star of Polanski's latest film, "The Ghost Writer," has no doubts about his feelings towards the director. "He's a legendary filmmaker, he's one of the best filmmakers there is," McGregor said on "Good Morning America" today. Polanski, 76, is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Hollywood in 1977. In January, a California state superior court judge insisted that Polanski, currently under house arrest in Switzerland, return to the U.S....
  • Shades of Roman Polanski

    02/06/2010 10:06:15 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 15 replies · 470+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 02-06-10 | Stoutcat
    It seems that a celebrated Provincetown resident is going to jail for child pornography. And P-Town residents are up in arms about it. John Perry Ryan is scheduled to be sentenced in Braintree, VT, on Monday on three counts of transporting child pornography. In June of last year he plea bargained six counts down to three, while admitting guilt to emailing a variety of explicit child porn photos to several people... And yet. Letters of support for Ryan are pouring in from Provincetown: According to his supporters, he is a person who has dedicated his adult life to improving the...
  • Los Angeles Judge Rules Polanski Must Return to U.S. to be Sentenced

    01/22/2010 7:45:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies · 672+ views
    AP via FoxNews.com ^ | January 22,2010 | AP
    LOS ANGELES -- Director Roman Polanski lost his bid Friday to be sentenced without returning to the U.S. when a judge ruled the director must be present in court if he wants to resolve his 32-year-old sex case. Reiterating Polanski was a fugitive from justice, Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza said he was acting to protect "the dignity of the court." Bart Dalton, a lawyer for Polanski, said the ruling would be appealed. Before the hearing, the judge provided lawyers with his 11-page tentative decision denying the request by the 76-year-old Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1978 after pleading...
  • Lawyer for Polanski victim wants case tossed

    01/20/2010 7:54:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 362+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 1/20/10
    LOS ANGELES -- The attorney for the victim in Roman Polanski's 32-year-old sex case is joining his lawyers' bid to have the director sentenced in absentia. . . . On behalf of the victim, Samantha Geimer, Silver supported another motion by Polanski's lawyers urging he be sentenced to time served.
  • DA: 'Child rapist' Polanski doesn't deserve special treatment

    01/16/2010 5:24:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies · 335+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/15/10 | Ann O'Neill
    Los Angeles prosecutors argued Friday against allowing director Roman Polanski, under house arrest at his Swiss chalet, to be sentenced in absentia after making "a mockery of our criminal justice system" for more than three decades. -snip- Polanski's attorney, Chad Hummel, has been pushing for Polanski to be sentenced without having to return to Los Angeles. Prosecutors have vigorously opposed sentencing him in absentia. In court papers filed Friday, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren stated the reasons in no uncertain terms. "The defendant is a fugitive," Walgren wrote. "A fugitive child rapist, who for 32 years has made a mockery...
  • Polanski Thanks His Supporters

    01/03/2010 2:16:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 330+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/28/09
    In an open letter, the filmmaker Roman Polanski has offered his gratitude to people who have written him letters of support while he was jailed in Winterthur prison, near Zurich, and while he remains under house arrest in his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, The Associated Press reported. In a letter to his friend Bernard-Henri Lvy published online at The Huffington Post, Mr. Polanski wrote: I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail.
  • California Justices Hear Arguments in Polanski Case

    12/15/2009 11:09:10 PM PST · by KingofZion · 6 replies · 305+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 10, 2009 | Michael Cieply
    Speaking before a courtroom packed with reporters and camera crews, Chad Hummel, a lawyer for Mr. Polanski, called his treatment by the California courts and prosecutors a really remarkable, astonishing record of misconduct. *** Prosecutors, of course, saw it differently. Do we want to say to him and to every defendant that flight is a remedy? said Phyllis Asayama, a lawyer with the Los Angeles County district attorneys office. Ms. Asayama insisted that a 100-year-old doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, under which those who flee are stripped of rights to challenge the law, would have no meaning if Mr. Polanski were...
  • Polanski has been granted bail...

    12/04/2009 4:21:41 AM PST · by Michel12 · 3 replies · 279+ views
    LCI ^ | December 4th 2009 | LCI
    It's official. The French-Polish director Roman Polanski has been released on bail and brought to his Swiss chalet in Gstaad where he must stay has said friday the Swiss ministry of Justice...
  • Roman Polanski's release secured by Nicolas Sarkozy: Sister-in-law

    11/28/2009 12:52:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 1,115+ views
    nydailynews.com ^ | Nov. 28, 2009 | Soraya Roberts
    Polish director Roman Polanskis family is thanking French President Nicolas Sarkozy for being very effective in helping to win his release from a Swiss prison. I wouldnt go so far as to say that it is thanks to the President that Roman has been freed, but he has been super, Polanskis sister-in-law, Mathilde Seigner, told Le Parisien newspaper. The President has been very effective. The London Times speculated that Sarkozys wife, ex-model Carla Bruni, may have pressured her husband to intervene because she used to hob nob with Paris artistic community, which includes Polanski and wife Emmanuelle Seigner. After initially...
  • A list of celebrities who think Polanksi should be prosecuted

    11/25/2009 11:00:21 AM PST · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 12 replies · 1,180+ views
    blog ^ | ongoing | chrismm
    I found this list and thought it was something that we could be thankful for, on this day before Thanksgiving. Thankful that there are celebrities who are opposed to Polanski being above the law, and who think that he should be prosecuted.
  • Roman Polanski is granted bail by a Swiss court

    11/25/2009 8:05:57 AM PST · by GSP.FAN · 27 replies · 1,116+ views
    BBC ^ | nov 25 09 | BBC
    A Swiss court has accepted film-maker Roman Polanski's plea to be freed on bail from a Swiss jail where he is being held for a US child sex case.
  • Polanski could be freed on bail

    11/25/2009 7:16:27 AM PST · by An.American.Expatriate · 43 replies · 1,685+ views
    20 Minutes ^ | 25 November 2009 | self
    Banner only .... Polanski knnte gegen Kaution freikommen Laut Bundesstrafgericht in Bellinzona knnte Roman Polanski gegen eine Kaution von 4,5 Millionen Franken freikommen. Dies meldet die Tribune de Genve.
  • How Pedophilia Lost Its Cool

    11/23/2009 9:26:25 AM PST · by Sherman Logan · 18 replies · 1,401+ views
    First Things ^ | December, 2009 | Mary Eberstadt
    The reason that the monstrous crime of pedophilia matters is simple: In an increasingly secular age, it is one of the few taboos about which people on both sides of the religious divide can agree. It remains a marker of right and wrong in a world where other markers have been erased. And that is also the reason that the questions surrounding the attempted extradition of Roman Polanski for a 1977 child rape briefly became the Rorschach tests of our times. Sophistication vs. prudery, the morality of the 1970s vs. the morality of today, European artistes vs. American law, Hollywood...
  • Cash bail offer to be filed for Roman Polanski on Monday

    11/01/2009 7:40:14 AM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 31 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, November 1, 2009 | Associated Press
    PARIS A French lawyer for director Roman Polanski, imprisoned in Switzerland, says a new bail offer will be filed Monday and it will be a "very, very significant" cash amount. Swiss authorities rejected an offer Friday, considering the 76-year-old filmmaker awaiting a decision on extradition to the United States a high flight risk. They noted it was not a cash offer. Herve Temime told France-Info radio Sunday the latest offer is in cash. He wouldnt say how much. He said Polanski would accept the extradition decision "whatever it is" and assured his client would never behave "like a fugitive."
  • Swiss reject new higher bail offer from Polanski

    10/30/2009 11:15:45 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 12 replies · 518+ views
    GENEVA Swiss authorities rejected a new higher offer of bail from imprisoned director Roman Polanski, saying Friday they still think the risk is too high that he would flee the country. Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said the offer was not made in cash and failed to address concerns that the 76-year-old filmmaker would flee Switzerland as he awaits a decision on whether he will be extradited to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.
  • Gore Vidal Describes Polanski's Victim as 'Young Hooker'

    10/29/2009 4:02:44 PM PDT · by feralcat · 51 replies · 2,266+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | October 28, 2009 | John Nolte
    In an interview published today, The Atlantic describes Gore Vidal as a sharp provocateur, as irascible and irreverent as ever. Im assuming thats some kind of internal Atlantic-code for "twisted old has-been degenerate desperate for attention": ATLANTIC: In September, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholsons house in Hollywood. During the time of the original incident, you were working in the industry, and you and Polanski had a common friend in theater critic and producer Kenneth Tynan. So whats your take...
  • Author Gore Vidal Labels Polanski Victim a Young Hooker

    10/28/2009 1:06:04 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies · 1,008+ views
    Plenty of celebrities issued crazy statements in their efforts to defend director and rapist Roman Polanski but none went as far as author Gore Vidal did when he labeled Polanski's victim a "young hooker." In an Oct. 28 interview with The Atlantic's John Meroney about a variety of topics, Vidal claimed he didn't "give a f---" about the Polanski case. "Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she's been taken advantage of?"
  • FREEP THIS JAIL POLANSKI Petition: [Scroll To Mid-Page]

    10/28/2009 9:59:55 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 7 replies · 537+ views
    The New Agenda Home Page ^ | 10-28-09 | The New Agenda
    Scroll down and sign the petition. 400 more signatures and this woman's group will send out a press release calling Polanski and his Hollywood friends out.
  • How a girl's stark words got lost in the Polanski spectacle

    10/24/2009 12:41:38 PM PDT · by xxqqzz · 19 replies · 1,713+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2009 | Joe Mozingo
    In the flat light of the grand jury room, a nervous, deeply embarrassed 13-year-old girl sat alone -- no attorney, no mother, no friend -- facing three tiers of middle-aged strangers silently studying her from their leather armchairs. The questions that day in March 1977 were clinical in tone. The answers would set off a furor from Hollywood to London and Paris that has yet to subside.
  • A Film Adaptation Runs Into Trouble

    10/24/2009 7:07:18 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 39 replies · 6,138+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2009 | William Booth
    MEXICO CITY -- When the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garca Mrquez penned his most recent novel, "Memories of My Melancholy Whores," he was being provocative. The book begins with this line: "The year I turned 90, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin." But there is art and there is life. And so just as an international cast and crew were about to begin filming a movie adaptation of the 2004 novella, the plug was pulled as the filmmakers and Garca Mrquez were denounced as aiding and abetting perverts....
  • Polanski could face two years prison if extradited

    10/23/2009 10:45:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 555+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/09 | Sam Cage and Lisa Jucca
    ZURICH (Reuters) Film director Roman Polanski could face two years in prison if extradited to the United States after fleeing sentencing in California on child sex charges in 1978, the Swiss justice ministry said on Friday. "The United States want him to be extradited for sexual intercourse with a minor. This carries a maximum sentence of two years under U.S. law," justice ministry spokesman Folco Galli said on Friday. The United States has now formally asked Switzerland to extradite Roman Polanski, the ministry said, adding it would reach a decision based on a hearing and information provided by Polanski's...
  • Polanski Might Not Fight Extradition

    10/23/2009 10:30:26 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies · 355+ views
    BigHollywood.Breitbart.com ^ | Oct 23 2009 | John Nolte
    The 76 year old child-rapist is pretty much out of options. The court battle over extradition could take years, and with no hope of bail that means those years would be spent in prison. If he then loses that fight hell still have to face whatever penalty awaits him here in the States. At his age, there arent many years to waste. Taking his chances here is probably the wise move.
  • US asks for Polanski's extradition

    10/23/2009 5:36:28 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 532+ views
    Nine News ^ | October 23, 2009
    The United States has formally asked Switzerland to extradite detained Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski over a three-decades-old child sex case, Swiss authorities say. "The US Embassy in Bern submitted the formal extradition request to the Federal Office of Justice on 22 October 2009, within the deadline of 40 days stipulated under the bilateral extradition treaty," the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement on Friday. The request will now be forwarded to the canton of Zurich, where Polanski was detained upon his arrival on September 26 to collect an award at the city's film festival. A local court...
  • "Repent, Roman! A Modest Solution to the Polanski Problem"

    10/20/2009 12:17:57 PM PDT · by J. Neil Schulman · 17 replies · 460+ views
    Mondo Cult ^ | October 20, 2009 | Brad Linaweaver
    Repent, Roman! A Modest Solution to the Polanski Problem by Brad Linaweaver Ever since the American economy was struck down by a hit and run driver on Wall Street late in 2008, the world has been holding its breath. What would happen next? Well, the Republicans lost power and the Democrats gained power, and somehow the War on Terror marches on without stumbling. The Pentagon budget remains untouchable even though we owe China a trillion dollars. “It's Chinatown , Jake.” The immediate struggle is about a shift in the economy over the possibility of National Health Care. Many people are...
  • Polanski to be kept in jail after losing appeal

    10/20/2009 3:28:04 AM PDT · by james500 · 24 replies · 1,488+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/2009
    Director Roman Polanski lost an appeal Tuesday to be freed from a Swiss prison ahead of his possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss Criminal Court said releasing Polanski on bail or under house arrest posed a high risk of flight.
  • Roman Polanski Out of Zurich Prison, Under Medical Care

    10/18/2009 11:39:39 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 934+ views
    LATimes ^ | October 18th 2009
    Roman Polanski Out of Zurich Prison, Under Medical Care October 18, 2009 Roman Polanski remained at a medical center in Zurich, Switzerland, this morning, a day after being taken out of his prison cell for an undisclosed medical condition. "All I know is that he has been taken from prison for medical attention. I don't know where he is or when he will be returned to prison," the director's attorney, Herve Temime, told Reuters news agency. Temime told Swiss papers last week that Polanski was depressed and in an "unsettled state of mind" behind bars. Polanski, 76, faces extradition to...
  • The Nobel-Hollywood Complex Implodes

    10/17/2009 6:17:02 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies · 1,388+ views
    Three times in the past several weeks, fortune has seemed to beam on conservatives, in unexpected and unprompted ways. Not that they've won much, but their tormentors keep losing. Three days in fall 2009 damaged or neutralized three liberal institutions, whose powers have now been curtailed. Break number one came on September 26, when Roman Polanski, on his way to collect a lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival, was intercepted by Swiss police and tossed into prison, pending extradition to the United States, which he had fled 30 years earlier to avoid a jail sentence for drugging and...