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« on: September 27, 2009, 07:46:54 AM »

Over the last decades he spent a lot of time in Switzerland.
Just when the Film Festival in Zürich invited him (lifetime achievement award),
the swiss G-Men busted him right away!

I guess the Swiss never really cared what other countries thought of them
(sometimes a good position), but this is a joke. A bad one for Polanski.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009, 10:36:50 AM »

Well, maybe now he'll be able to retire his Oscar. Cool

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009, 12:07:55 PM »

I don't really care either way. Polanski's crime wasn't that big a deal, but then he fled prosecution. Since he's 76 and the crime happened over 30 years ago, I seriously doubt he's going to get anything more than a menial sentence, if that. Depending on what lawyers he hires he might well get off scot-free.

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2009, 12:18:16 PM »

This might in fact work out well for him. He should have dealt with this 30 years ago; flight from prosecution is not a good strategy as it means you've got something hanging over your head for the rest of your life or until it's settled. Anyway, he's got lots of legal options (I understand); he can fight extradition, etc. or he can try to get the original decision overturned or reduced (he'll have to do something for fleeing, though), and he can certainly afford good lawyers. The French are wankers, though; they value this guy so much, why haven't they been working on a pardon for him all these years?

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2009, 02:02:56 PM »

Wait, he was pinched for the pedophilia case 30 years ago?
Why would somebody, other than the U.S., act now?

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2009, 02:25:23 PM »

Wait, he was pinched for the pedophilia case 30 years ago?
Why would somebody, other than the U.S., act now?

Technically he's going to be tried for evading justice, at least that's my understanding.

That's a good question as to why the Swiss are doing this - probably a political/PR reason. But again, I can't get too upset since I doubt Polanski's going to suffer much for this.

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2009, 02:36:35 PM »

But now?
Is this the first time the Polack has set foot in Switzerland since he fled to Europe 30 years ago?
I find that highly doubtful.

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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2009, 03:10:54 PM »

I'm honestly baffled too.

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2009, 03:15:19 PM »

He visited Switzerland many times before.
The official claim that NOW they knew upfront he was coming! (Festival).
 

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2009, 04:33:30 PM »

Theyah not sending him to da coolah! Cheesy

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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2009, 06:53:13 PM »

There is this interview that the girl in question gave a few years back, which I'd argue doesn't reflect well on Polanski:
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0302/24/lkl.00.html

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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2009, 09:20:08 PM »

Why would somebody, other than the U.S., act now?
Nations have treaties whereby fugitives from one country are incarcerated by the other when they flee the first for the second.  The issue is complicated; the French don't take action (it seems) when when the original offense is not illegal in France (I don't think the idea of statutory rape is even possible there). Polanski has been careful not to travel to countries that would extradite him to the U.S. and apparently he's traveled to Switzerland several times before. I've read that since 2005 there was a push on to have him picked up; anyway, the Swiss this time knew well in advance he was coming.

Personally, I think it's all a PR stunt. The new 2-disc Chinatown is coming out (I think my copy arrives tomorrow) and Polanski knows just how to drum up some extra sales.

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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2009, 01:01:16 AM »

when when the original offense is not illegal in France (I don't think the idea of statutory rape is even possible there).

I don't think the sex was consensual but I'm not well versed in the case.


Personally, I think it's all a PR stunt. The new 2-disc Chinatown is coming out (I think my copy arrives tomorrow) and Polanski knows just how to drum up some extra sales.

Whether you meant this comment to be a joke or not, you make an excellent point.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the whole affair.
Does he deserve to be punished for the crime. Yes.
Time doesn't change that. I don't care what kind of Stockholm syndrome the girl has gone through over the past several years.

But on the other hand...

Does anybody really want to pay taxes for something that should have been settled 31 years ago?

P.S. that Larry King guy is such a joke.
Did you know about Sharon Tate? She must have died a few months prior to this, right?

What!?
Does that old fart bother to do any research before he interviews somebody?
The Manson murders happened nearly a decade prior to Polanski's rape.
And what does that event have to do with the more current one?

Jeez. He gets on my nerves.
Just get off the fuckin' airwaves already.


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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2009, 02:24:21 AM »

It is strange how things were reported differently at the time. I remember having read that the rape was performed during a party...And no mention was made of the fact that the girl wasn't unexperienced sexually. Then, yes, Polanski himself is not an agreeable character as to certain matters, as he himself admitted. Still, after 30 years, all this makes no sense at all, if not as a PR stunt as pointed out by jenkins.

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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2009, 03:09:33 AM »

the French don't take action (it seems)


The French have struck!

They're pleading for a Presidential pardon.

Hu hoo...

If Obama's Puppet Masters are smart they won't even acknowledge them.

The next few days should be very interesting.

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