Roman Polanski: “It was all my fault”…Meanwhile, his Victim Pleads for the Charges to be Dropped
In the latest issue of Interview magazine, Roman Polanski talks about his movies:
In Chinatown what I was trying to create was this Philip Marlowe atmosphere, which I’d never seen in the movies the way I got it in the books of Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler.”
The media’s reaction to the death of his wife Sharon Tate:
Before then I was sort of the toast of the town, you know, and then suddenly the media started amalgamating the murder with Rosemary’s Baby, with my film…I mean, the simple-mindedness of those people is astonishing, even with all perspective of the time.”
And his thoughts about the documentary about his legal troubles, Wanted and Desired:
What comes out, among other things, in the documentary is the fact that one of the deputy district attorneys illegally influenced the judge—which, if it had been known at that time, would have caused the whole case to be thrown out in a week.” Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Since his arrest in Switzerland at the end of September for the rape he committed thirty years ago, Polanski has garnered little support for his freedom, both in Europe and in the United States–with the exception of his Hollywood peers.
At the time of his incarceration, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said,
The case involves a great director but still, it is also a case of rape, of sex with a child. We should not bring politics into this or speak in patriotic tones.”
And in Hollywood, producer Harvey Weinstein‘s attempt to organize U.S. filmmakers to lobby against the extradition was unsuccessful.
Before his arrest, Polanski spoke to Esquire about the rape and accepted responsibility for it:
“There was no plot against me. There was no set-up. It was all my fault.” He later alluded to the idea that his actions were also beyond his control. “Sex is not a pastime. It’s a force, it’s a drive. It changes your way of thinking.”
In the midst of this media frenzy is the actual victim in the case, Samantha Geimer (pictured at left), who was thirteen at the time of the incident. Oprah, Larry King and hundreds of other journalists and news outlets have contacted her repeatedly for interview requests.
Greimer, now 45, has since forgiven Polanski and she hates all the unwanted attention. This is partly why she has urged a California appeals court to drop the case against the filmmaker. Her attorney, Robert Silver, told the court,
“The pursuit has caused her to have health-related issues…has caused her performance at her job to be interfered with and has caused the understandable displeasure of her employer and the real possibility that Samantha could lose her job.”
It is the latest effort by Greimer, who currently lives in Hawaii, to have the case thrown out. She told the Associated Press in September,
I got over it a long time ago.”
Greimer’s petition to the courts ends with the message,
Leave her alone.”