Esteemed director and convicted rapist Roman Polanski continues to attempt to re-enter the United States after fleeing his 50-year sentence over the drugging and sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
In a rare interview during a presser for his upcoming film "Based on a True Story," the controversial artist discussed the details of his situation and made accusations about the judges who found him guilty.
Polanski, technically a fugitive, was in attendance at the presser held in Zurich, where he was uncharacteristically forthcoming about the case.
“As you know, Samantha Geimer has been asking for over 30 years for this thing to end,” Polanski said to a journalist, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “But, I'm sorry the judges who dealt with it the last 40 years were corrupted, one covering for the other. So I don't maybe one of them will [eventually] stop doing it.”
Samantha Geimer (nee Samantha Gailey) did, indeed, ask judges to drop the case against Polanski, who had only served 42 days of his 50-year sentence after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Polanski then fled Paris and Switzerland. The US eventually asked Swiss courts to extradite Polanski, a request they rejected. He had been under house arrest in Switzerland before being set free.
“As far as what I did: It's over. I pleaded guilty,” said Polanski. “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.”
Of his new film, Polanski made some questionable comments as well. He explained, “To make a film with two women, I've never done that," he said. "I don't mean just two women on the set, but a conflict between them. All my films have conflict between men or between men and a woman. But two females, no. So that was one of the things that really interested me. ... Between men, conflict is more in the open, you know? With women it is hidden. They are more perfidious than the men, in general. In the film, in this story, the real confrontation comes very late. With two men, it would come right after the beginning of the relationship.”
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