September 28, 2009
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Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish   September 28th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

I think Roman Polanski should be trialed. But, my question is what did the authority do in the last thirty years? He should have been jailed thirty years ago. But, now it is a matter of dispute.

Pam Fallesen   September 28th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

I am outraged that France stands behind an admitted rapist because he is an "artist" and has contributed to the artistic world. Does this obvious double standard make it all right then for all people of prominence to commit crimes because of their gifts or status? The satisfied look on his face says it all.

Kate   September 28th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

He has committed a crime, he even admitted it, and then fled. Strange thing is that the victim has forgiven him (Why actually?).
The process is still running, because there is no limitation of time for rape or seducing a minor. However, he'll probably be extradited to the Unites States. And besides, why should he be treated differently than normal people?

Meike   September 28th, 2009 2:31 pm ET

This case is 32 years old, and victim nor perpetrator are waiting for this case to be reopened. What Polanski did is wrong, but you have to wonder if it is worth the diplomatic Armageddon that this will inevitably become when nobody but the US justice department is interested in pursuing him.

William   September 28th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

give the man a break. polanski has already suffered enough. this is something that happened over 30 years ago and even his victim wants has forgiven him and moved on. the u.s. looks very vindictive for still pursuing this.

Jan Ulrich Jensen   September 28th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Is everyone equal in the eyes of the law? Apparently not in France and Poland, who both protested to Switzerland.
That a pedofile manages to escape trial for over 30 years, does not justify anything.

Monika   September 28th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

It is very suspiscious why Switzerland decided to participate in Polanski's case just now. He spent there so many undisturbed years already. Has it been a price that Swizterland has to pay for disclosing to the US TAX authorities a smaller than initally requested amount of US citizens' accounts held in the Swiss banks?

Johannes J. Steyn   September 28th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

It is apalling that developed countries should laud and defend Polanski. I wonder what Polanski would say if his son were to be fed intoxicating substances, and then taken advantage of sexually.
A man in his position should set a positive example, as should 'civilised' countries by their adherrece to basic moral standards. With this double standard, it is no wonder our societies are disintegrating.

Jonathan   September 28th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

it is interesting how a french government official condemns the arrest of Polanski but they found it most appropriate to ask Germany to arrest a Rwandan government official and have her extradited to France for trial on the basis of human rights abuses. I GET IT!!! WE ARE ALL EQUAL , BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS!! I see.

Stefan Jankowski   September 28th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

Many people in Poland afraid of the future of Polanski, as we see the threat to judicial lynching by judicial authorities of California. According to our view, the penalty is to perform correction and it is to protecting the society, rather than features retaliation. Therefore, we are deeply attached to the concept of statute of limitations. It's very difficult for us to believe that there is no connection between the last UBS case and Polanski's arrest.
Generally, in Poland you can see a slowly but consistently growing anti-Americanism, because of glaring imbalance in the relationships between Poland and USA (for example, Mazur's case:, missile defense shield issues (at the expense of a serious risk of deterioration in our relations with Russia), visas (USA is one of the last country in the world requiring visas form Poles), Polish military losses in Afghanistan, lied to us on Iraq (this resulted in deterioration of Polish relations with the rest of Europe, eg France), and last but not least "Russian reset". Polanski's case, in our view, is another signal of Polish nation humiliation.

Keira   September 28th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

Yes he needs to be extradited and YES he needs to be convicted of a crime. Doesn't matter how 'gifted' he is or how famous or how many movies he's made or how many horrors he's lived through - the bottom line is that he committed a crime, period! If this was John Q. Public rather than Roman Polanski he would be in jail.

This is that difficult, it's a case of right & wrong. What Polansky did was wrong. Letting him go on the excuse that it happened 30 yrs ago sets a really bad precedent. Even if the woman has 'forgiven' him, it still doesn't absolve him!

Caroline   September 28th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

Don't understand why they didn't arrest him before.. he traveled to switzerland before, right? However, I definitely think he should be extradited. he should have taken resposibility 30yrs ago, he decided to cowardly escape... that's not a reason not to extradit him.. He's not less guilty because it's 30 yrs ago and not even because the woman forgave him. Really disturbing to hear people say that he's so 'talented and famous' and therefore should be freed. Other people would be arrested, so should he. Having talent and fame doesn't mean you're above the law.

elmiro anselmo dos santos   September 28th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

he has to face a judgement to the crime he committed. No matter how long ago or whether he's famous or not.

Juwon   September 28th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

I think that no matter what you contribute to the world in arts or media this does not take away form the molestation and drugging of a 13 year old child. In the end he is a glorified child molester and government officials in France and Poland should be ashamed for openly supporting him and his kind.

BP   September 28th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

Polanki is a child molester!! He must be thrown to the lions. Only child molesters will to defend him. SHAME ON YOU ALL!!! Hang him!!!

Michael Carlow   September 28th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

I have two teenage daughters... If he did indeed do what the prosecuter says then he should be put to death along with all rapists and child molesters/abusers. The idiocy comming from the cinema community shows complicity in the alleged crime. If this were a man from off the street they would all be crying out in anger that he wasn't caught earlier.

Cara   September 28th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

Did the french minister of culture really just say he a 'wonderful man' and that this is 'ancient history'? If this would have happened to one of his own children, would he still say would he still speak of a 'wonderful'man and ancient history??? How can he say that? I can understand some of the criticism towards the circumstances of the arrest, but I don't think he's such a wonderful man.

Akachi   September 28th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

PLEASE, this is a crime against a 13 year old! This is statutory rape! He should face his jail term. What if it was not Polanski? Would it elicit such emotions? Let us not set a very bad precedence in the name of what I do not know. If it is called "Ancient history" what was Garrido's case? Modern History? Polanski is a sex offender and should be treated as same. Simple.

Pamela Schulz   September 28th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

What is wrong with these outraged female celebrities? Have they forgotten that the crime Polanski has admitted to was against a 13 year old girl? Where is the concern for the lack of punishment for violence against a young woman? While the arts world "suffers" from this so-called injustice (Polanski's arrest), women are suffering the world over from similar crimes everyday. What message do the celebs and the French politicians send us?

kane roberts   September 29th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

One shot one kill! One less child rapist!

Boyd   September 30th, 2009 3:56 am ET

Justice above all else. For Christ sake he is just an artist, nothing more. It would have been a bit different if he was innocent.

No one is above the law.

This is the problem of our world today. Just because a man created a masterpiece and we put him above all else. Look at Africa. Then France. People in France don't need justice. Africa does. But the world dont need a France. All of us wants justice, same goes to Africa.

Polanski must suffer the consequence of his actions. Art is nothing without justice.

Victor Koh   September 30th, 2009 6:27 am ET

Roman Polanki should definitely be extradited to the United States to face punishmen like a man for the degrading and heinous offence he committed. He fled from justice 31 years ago and the film world can still admire him. Something is wrong about Western values. Polanski is really a cowardly wretch and expects the ludicrous liberals (including the asinine French Culture Minister) to bail him out. If the victim had been the said Minister's daughter, he would restore the guillotine for Polanski. Even if Polanski were a great filmaker (which I do not think so), who cares? All Americans would feel the sense of injustice for all if Polanski were to be given preferential treatment
Jail would be good therapy for the immoral Polish boy and hopefully he would emerge as a better man.

paula   September 30th, 2009 8:42 am ET

child abuse will stay child abuse forever, and laws are made for everyone, including mr. polanski. why didn't they catch him before on one of his many stays in his swiss chalet?

kara   October 1st, 2009 4:19 am ET

I'm absolutely AMAZED there's even any debate about this. YES, the man should be extradited back to the US and made to serve out a sentence not only for his sexual abuse 30 years ago, but for attempting to evade the law. The idea that he's "suffered enough" is ridiculous. No one is in charge of his life and decisions but him, and if he wanted to avoid dealing with this 30 years after the fact, he should have faced the consequences of his actions like a mature responsible human being. His choice was to run like a coward, now he must face the consequences. Anyone who can't see this really needs to take a deep look at themselves and their beliefs, because it's just pathetic.

vic benedicto   October 1st, 2009 1:13 pm ET

it's a technique used to "rescue" americans in distress.
remember that drug dealer in bangkok?
he pretended to know something about that lost kid,
he's back in the USA, Free!
I suspect Polanski is in dire straits and this is a nice coverup
to "rescue", oooops! I mean "extradite " him

Lindsay   October 2nd, 2009 7:00 pm ET

Over the past 30 years, the US has attempted several times to extradite him from several different countries, without success. There seems to be a general agreement among know-nothings that this isn't the case. People seem to be assuming that because nobody has walked up to them and slapped them in the face with this information, that it must not be true. Do a little research. It's true.

Lindsay   October 2nd, 2009 7:03 pm ET

Hey Meike, I don't think it will cause diplomatic armageddon to extradite a rapist who ran from the law and flaunted it for 32 years. You know what good it will serve to put him on trial for what he did? It will serve to deter others from thinking they too can get away with drugging a 13 yr old girl and forcing her to have sex. It is a very serious crime and what kind of sick person doesn't think it should be treated as such?

r g winckler   October 5th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

send him to Pelican Bay Prison!
the man is scum!
anytime a person drugs another then has sex with them it's rape and the fact the girl was 13 makes it equally dispicable!
just look at his supporters-woody-i sleep with my daughter-allen. great supporter!

is this going to be the new excuse for a crime-i made some great films and fled prosecution for 30 yrs, so be nice and aquit me?

Chase Peterson   October 5th, 2010 7:20 pm ET

Roman Polanski is a child molester that is for sure~.:

Neuro Linguistic Programming&nbsp   October 20th, 2010 9:44 am ET

Roman Polanski is a child molester and that is for sure:":

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