It was a RAPE, not a screenplay- do ya hear me Hollywood?

geraldine_ferraro_50Geraldine A. Ferraro, a lawyer and a former member of Congress, was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984.

“A male is guilty of rape in the second degree when, being eighteen years old or more, he engages in sexual intercourse with a female less than fifteen years old. Rape in the second degree is a class D felony.”

 That is the current law in New York. When I was prosecuting these cases in Queens in the 70’s the law required that the child be less than 14. The legislature tightened it. But there is no doubt that California had the same protections for children when Polanski was prosecuted in California for having intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. It still does.

Why has no one from the movie business, no one who supposedly stands up for the rights of women and girls, spoken up in support of finally bringing this man to justice?

This is the definition of statutory rape. Notice, it doesn’t talk about force and it doesn’t talk about consent. Neither are needed. The statute is meant to protect children. A 13-year-old can’t consent to intercourse with a man over 18, and certainly not with a man in his 30’s.

Polanski was convicted of a serious crime in the 70’s. He chose to abscond to France and because he had money and connections, has lived a charmed life, unhindered by his obligations to society. The message is, rich guys can get away with anything … or wait — is it only rich guys with friends in Hollywood? The statute of limitations for rape does not toll simply because 31 years has passed. And victims cannot “forgive” the rapist. The criminal justice system is meant to protect all of us.

 As for France getting all exercised about California moving forward (and the prosecutors there haven’t just let this go for 31 years), who are the French officials to criticize us as a nation and tell us how to deal with our criminals? Too bad for Bernie Madoff that he wasn’t as smart as Polanski. He would have taken his wife, brother, nephew, sons and their families and a billion or two and gone to France to help their economy. Then when the Ponzi scheme was exposed, the French would have, if consistent, refused extradition. He could have stayed for the rest of his life in luxury. Just imagine.

And what really defies explanation are the actions of the Directors Association and actors, like Harrison Ford. Did they remain buddies over the years with a convicted rapist who had fled the jurisdiction because they condoned his rape of the child or because they approved of his actions of absconding and beating the system? Did they do so because this was not such an unusual situation in Hollywood at the time and may still exist today?

 What was particularly outrageous was the woman speaking on behalf of the Directors Association who said: “It happened so long ago.” Really. Suppose it happened today. Would she feel differently? Suppose it had been murder and not rape that happened 31 years ago? Would she be saying “It happened so long ago”?

For me, one of the biggest disappointments of this episode is that no one from Hollywood, no one from that movie business, no one who supposedly stands up for the rights of women and girls has opened his or her mouth in support of the prosecutors who are doing their job and attempting to bring this man finally to justice. As for France, I would hope that President Sarkozy would call in his ministers and tell them to butt out of our business.

8 Responses

  1. What the hell is wrong with these people?
    What is wrong with Debra Winger? This filthy pig makes great movies and this young woman has lived nightmares- SHAME! Maybe we ought to stop seeing movies and show these pigs that they too are overpaid!

    • Kirstie Alley is the only star so far, who is going after those who condone Roman Polanski’s behavior. It is all over the internet and the far left Hollywood radicals and radical liberal writers are blasting her, for it.

      It is disgusting, how those in Hollywood think that there is nothing wrong with what the man did to a 13 year old girl, that he admitted to committing the crime, then flees the country for years.

      Just ask them all, how would they feel if this was their child?

      Extradite him back to the U.S. to pay for his criminal actions.

  2. Thanks for posting this, BJ. I noticed that the leaders of Polanski’s brigade are Hollywood’s premiere misogynists-in-chief like Woodie Allen.

    Perhaps the silver lining in this case is that it will FINALLY bring the misogyny in Hollywood out into the open. Hollywood moguls never, ever have had respect for women. A few brave women in Hollywood talk about it, but I notice they are barely whispering.

    I’m sure they are terrified that if they pitch too much of a stink that they will get blackballed. I’d like to think that big stars are impervious to sex discrimination, but this helps me appreciate that they are as vulnerable as the rest of us to misogynistic strategies of bullies in power.

    The person I’m most disappointed in is Oprah. She’s got the power ~ and the incentive as an incest survivor ~ to make a stink. But, she’s remaining silent.

  3. Hey Coach- I was just thinking about you the other night and wondering where you went off to- I’ve missed you so.

    Be sure to rune in Wed. Night Lisa Thompson and I will be discussing this very topic.

    I am ready for your gal whenever she is ready too.

    As for the other PIG – I am glad you noticed Woodie Allen and mentioned him – I forgot to!! Can you imagine the nerve of him to speak up as if that would help?

    I guess that just goes to show you the mentality of these spoiled rotten overpaid umitators of life- who are now believeing that what they have acted out is or at least should be acceptable as real.

    Obviously – they would sell their own daughters down the river for money- as I said – it stops when we have the balls to stops buying the filth they sell.

    We buy their filth and as long as it sells they keep peddling it and it gets worse and worse and more expensive and we keep buying – so tell me – who is worse they for making it orus for wanting it enough to create the demand?

    Never mind- the answer is obvious!

    And as for Oprah- – she is the biggest offender of them all – she sold us a fraud as if he were “the one” ! and still we treat her as Queen- no my friend we get exactly what we deserve- I am not sure what it will take to wake up a majority! I certainly am trying and so are you and many others – let’s keep fighting! Eyes are opening every day – perhaps we are coming to that tipping point.

    • Sorry, BJ. September absolutely sucked rotten eggs. October isn’t getting off to a great start either. I got sucker-punched this afternoon. But, I keep praying.

      Last night Jay Leno and Chris Rock took a broadside to Polanski.

      Eve Ensler is on Larry King tonight. She wrote a post about Polanski on Huffington that I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

      And, Obama appointed Susan Carbon to be the new director of the VAW office. She and I went to the same law school.

      I love, love, love your idea of a boycott. I’m on my own rant to pitch a fit that DV gets ignored in October. . .1.3 MILLION domestic violence survivors versus 200,000 breast cancer survivors. . .yet the world is covered in pink rather than purple.

      I’m also about to go on a rant about David Letterman’s sexual harassment.

      I think the ladies are ready to be on your show. When I get back up to speed, I need to visit your site to hear what I’ve missed.

      Barbara Bentley is getting rolling on a book about litigation abuse. . .great timing with the new VAW director.

      • Hang in there- we need you! If there is anything I can do to help – just say the word my friend!

        BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United FreeMeNow.wordpress The Majority United Radio Founder: Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill

  4. Usually I try not to let Hollywood politics bother me because their logic is often ridiculous and irrelevant, but this one is absolutely crazy.

    He plead guilty, and it’s not like it was some sort of close call of 19 year old with a 17 year old. This is so obviously wrong, she’s barely a teenager and he’s a grown man. The Hollywood’s defense of Polanski is sick, and this rationale that either talent or fame should get someone off the hook is retarded.

  5. What took so long?

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