Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Polanski's Arrest: Why the French Are Outraged

By Bruce Crumley / Paris Monday, Sep. 28, 2009
Although the cultural divide between Europe and the U.S. has narrowed over the years, the legal fate of director Roman Polanski shows there are still major differences. Polanski's arrest in Switzerland on Sept. 26 was greeted with satisfaction in the U.S., where authorities hope he will face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Europeans, meanwhile, are shocked and dismayed that an internationally acclaimed artist could be jailed for such an old offense.


  1. I'm kind of on the fence on this one.  The victim wants the case dropped, and it seems her wishes should be paramount.  Also, it's not as though there's a risk of him raping girls in the future.  On the other hand, the crime really is unforgivable.  I can see both sides.

  2. Someone once called Polanski the original five-foot pole you wouldn't touch anybody with.