Every once in a while, Woody Allen gets to take a breather from being Hollywood’s top ick-inducing director because Roman Polanski (serving Miami Vice creepy in that white blazer) resurfaces with a new film to peddle. Promoting his latest film, Based On A True Story, Roman talked about his rape case with The Hollywood Reporter and said, “As far as what I did: It’s over. I pleaded guilty.” It’s not that easy.
As you may well know, Roman was charged in 1977 for drugging and raping a 13-year-old. After initially pleading not-guilty, he pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor as a plea bargain, had a psychiatric evaluation, and spent 42 days in jail. A year later, he got wind that a judge was going to toss out his plea deal and possibly send him into the slammer for 50 years. So unlike Lauren Conrad from The Hills, Roman was the girl who went to Paris and has lived there as a fugitive ever since.
There have been several attempts to extradite him back to the U.S., including back in 2009 when the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office tried to bring him back to the U.S. He’s spent 334 days between his time in the States and under house arrest in Switzerland during the extradition proceedings, and he and his attorneys think that’s enough:
“I went to jail. I came back to the United States to do it, people forget about that, or don’t even know. I then was locked up here [in Zurich] after this festival. So in the sum, I did about four or five times more than what was promised to me.”
Roman has been trying to get Los Angeles prosecutors to let him come back without being jailed, but they’re not into that and have accused him of wanting special treatment.
Even Roman’s 1977 victim has pleaded on his behalf for the whole thing to get dropped, but things like this tend to get the Cosby effect. Where there’s creepy smoke, there’s usually creepier fire, and, in the spirit of Halloween, Roman’s closet seems to be filled with jeepers and creepers. The New York Times says Renate Langer, a German actress has come forward accusing Roman of raping her twice, once in 1972 at a house in Gstaad when she was 15 and a second time later that year in Rome after he gave her a small part in a movie as an apology for the first rape. How thoughtful!
A woman in Los Angeles came forward in August to say Roman raped her in 1973 when she was 16. Back in 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis said he had raped her also when she was 16. Considering France won’t extradite its citizens, the 84-year-old Roman might plan on his remaining years to be filled with brie and baguette because it doesn’t sound like the U.S. is going to lose its focus in luring him out from behind the camera to star in a reboot of To Catch A Predator.