Saturday, 18 February 2017

Roman Polanski

In 1977 Roman Polanski raped a 13 year old girl at film star Jack Nicholson's house in Los Angeles. He was accused of drugging the girl before raping her.  Mr Polanski fled to France in 1978 when he apparently thought he was going to be given a long sentence for the crime.  He is now seeking permission to return to the United States with an agreement that he will not be jailed for this crime. The claim put forward is that he reached a plea deal before he escaped to Europe and that he has already served 42 days for statutory rape in Chino State Prison.
It is extraordinary that being famous and talented can allow you to think that you can be exempt from substantial prison time for raping a child.  This fact was never in dispute as Mr Polanski admitted to having unlawful sex with a minor. He should have faced the situation in 1978 and served a prison sentence then he would not be exiled from his home country.  For a country that hands out substantial sentences for rape to be able to argue 42 days is a sufficient sentence for drugging and raping a child is outrageous.

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