Roman Polanski admits the girl he raped was his “victim”

Roman Polanski Nearly 35 years after the fact, Roman Polanski, finally concedes that drugging and raping a 13-year old girl was a mistake.

In a new documentary, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, that premiered at the Zurich Film Festival this week, the award-winning director and bail-jumping fugitive apologized to Samantha Greimer, the woman he raped back in 1977: “She is a double victim: My victim, and a victim of the press.”

Ok, sure. Definitely true that Greimer was a victim of the press–as every woman who accuses a powerful man of rape is. In fact, she was so traumatized by the media attention that hounded her once she pressed charges against Polanski that she eventually just wanted the whole thing to go away. When Polanski was arrested in Switzerland two years ago, she said she was relieved that he ultimately wasn’t extradited back the U.S.

But I’m with Gabe: Leave the media out of it, dude. The nightmare she experienced in the court system and media circus started with you. You and your actions. And as your first public apology in decades–after fleeing the country before sentencing to avoid justice, claiming the charges were trumped up because “everyone wants to fuck young girls,” and generally acting as though somehow you’re the real victim here–it should be, well, a lot better.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    “Definitely true that Greimer was a victim of the press–as every woman who accuses a powerful man of rape is.”

    That just isnt true. The press slings a story any way they feel is en vouge. During the Duke Lacross trials the press didnt side with the accused men. I dont recally it happened when certain sports pros were charged either.

  2. Posted September 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Polanski is a creepy guy, and one only has to watch his movies to come to that conclusion.

    • Posted September 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Huh? Judging artists as people based on the art they create is really problematic.

      Also, the term “creepy” is both vague and gendered. It doesn’t help as a label.

      If anything, I don’t want people to judge Polanski as a person based on his artistic merits. He’s a legitimately amazing film director. Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Knife in the Water, the Pianist, etc. Those speak to his merits as a director, not as a person.

      • Posted September 30, 2011 at 6:27 am | Permalink

        “Judging artists as people based on the art they create is really problematic.”

        Fair enough. Except when it comes to the guy who directed The Human Centipede.

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