The heated debate on bringing film director Roman Polanski to justice in the U.S. continues, particularly in Hollywood. If you’re not aware of the situation, in 1977, while at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood, Polanski plied a 13 year old girl with drugs and champagne and then raped her. He was arrested, but before the trial, skipped the country to avoid prosecution. But after 32 years in France, when he showed up this month to accept an award at a film festival in Switzerland, he was arrested and is being held for extradition.
However, numerous Hollywood luminaries have rallied to his cause, believing his artistic genius far outweighs the crime. However, since the petition was released, a wide range of people have come out to support the arrest. The Los Angeles Times took the lead, and even Jay Leno mentioned it in a monologue when he referred to the way the incident has created two groups of people: Polanski’s supporters in Hollywood versus everyone with a 13 year old daughter.
From my perspective, a crime is a crime. Those in Hollywood who signed the petition would never do it for a common criminal, which means they believe artistic talent somehow entitles you to live above justice. I’d love to know your thoughts, and if you’d like a more in-depth look at the situation, I’d start here.