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Polanski's Lawyer -- Ready for a Fight

9/28/2009 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After 30 years on the run, Roman Polanski is finally behind bars -- but, according to his lawyer, he ain't staying there.

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Polanski's attorney, Herve Temime, called into "GMA" this morning to say his client is in "very good shape" and believes it will be possible for him "to obtain his freedom."

The director was taken into custody by Swiss authorities trying to enter Switzerland on Saturday. He was captured on a 30-year-old warrant after he pled guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.


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Filmmakers have reacted with outrage at the arrest.

"As a Swiss filmmaker, I feel deeply ashamed," Christian Frei said.
"He's a brilliant guy, and he made a little mistake 32 years ago. What a shame for Switzerland," said photographer Otto Weisser, a friend of Polanski.

The Polish Filmmakers Association posted a letter on its Web site Monday from the European Film Academy secretariat that protested "the arbitrary treatment of one of the world's most outstanding film directors."

The letter, which was read aloud at the festival, was signed by directors Wim Wenders, Volker Schloendorff and Bertrand Tavernier; actress Victoria Abril; cinematographer Peter Suschitzky; and screenwriter and actor Jean-Claude Carriere.

Mitterrand said he has spoken with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and that Sarkozy "shares his hope for a rapid resolution to the situation which would allow Roman Polanski to rejoin his family as quickly as possible."

Mitterrand said he "greatly regrets that Mr. Polanski has had yet another difficulty added to an already turbulent existence."

Can I throw up now?? "...he made a little mistake..." "arbitrary treatment" (nothing arbitrary about drugging and raping a 13 year old). And if he had been "one of the world's most outstanding"...teachers or plumbers or painters would people be sticking up for him like this? Yeah, I thought not!

1853 days ago

your mom    

I love how everyone is acting so apalled. He pleaded GUILTY. Just because the little girl grew up to get a boat-load of money from him does not make it any less heinous what he did. I don't care what awful films he has made, he plead guilty and fled, he needs to face that.

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Polanski has already "atoned for the sins of his young years," Jace kBromski, head of the Polish Filmmakers Association, told The AP. "Hehas paid for it by not being able to enter the U.S. and in his professional life he has paid for it by not being able to make films in Hollywood."


Of course, if Bromski knew anything of the law on rape and child sexual abuse, he would not equate being on the lam with punishment. Also, the man was already MIDDLE AGED when he molested the girl. Think of any celebrity in their early 40' you consider them in their "young years"?! Sorry, I'm done ranting now; I just find this guy so despicable I just can't help myself sometimes...

1853 days ago

Frank Olivo    

Regardless of the atrocities Polanski faced in his life..mother killed in a concentration camp, pregnant wife killed by the Mansons...he still committed a crime against society. We are a nation of laws, not men (women). Does not matter that his victem forgives him now....his crime was against our laws and as such need to be adjudicated within our judicial system.

How many young men have committed statutory rape, and have had the victem say they were willing is the law of the land not the willy-nill of the people. And this 13 year old girl was drugged and raped, and her mother sent her there with her blessings. Why her mom can't be held accountable for child abuse/neglect is beyone me...but so be it. Bring it on, and damn him.

1853 days ago

Frank Olivo    

Sorry, bad.

1853 days ago


Michael Jackson had a bigger set of balls, He had the guts to show up and defend himself. No one I know would ever accuse me of being an MJ fan but facts is facts....

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OH, he's SUCH an A**-HOLE. And he really loves himself. Huge ego.
He's a pervert, FORGET what he's "been through already" in his life, its no EXCUSE. I hate it when anyone whines about his poor tragic life {his childhood,the loss of Sharon Tate,ect}. He's just a JERK and a self-centered PIG.

I consider all this KARMA for not only him molesting a 13 year old, but KARMA for having always,always cheated on Sharon Tate. He wasn't worth Sharon's time...unfortunately her life did not last long enough for her to have finally DUMPED him. I'm sure she eventually would have. I hope he either stays in jail or gets thrown out of the country {permanently}.

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Also, I wonder what it is about 13 yr old girls and Hollywood actors? They could have any woman in town, but they have to pick a teenager? It's all over the net that Michael Jackson dated Tatum when she was 13 and he was 18. Johnny Depp dated Wynona Ryder when she was under age and he was close to 30 - if not actually in his 30's. MacKenzie Phillips originally said she was under age when Mick Jagger seduced her. She still quotes him as saying he'd wanted to have sex with her since she was 10 yrs old.

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Poor Roman Polanski, he has to follow the laws like everyone other
citizen of the world. The fact that he is a talented, award winning director does not excuse him for raping a minor. The fact that there are people calling his arrest an injustice, or outrageous shows you that people with money, power, or in entertainment think they can get away with anything & that there are people who think the rape "was not his fault". If he wasn't known he would not be defended & people would call this justice finally being served. He should stand before
another judge and have a trial, he should not be excused after 30 yrs.

1853 days ago


"Years to resolve this matter. We all know that all he had to do was to have this same stupid Lawyer filing something on this case instead of running like the RAPIST THAT HE IS. Yes, RAPIST can be successful professionals, but the sickness that made him attack a 13 year old girl is still with him. And he has probably used his celebrity and wealth to RAPE AGAIN. If they did a CSI on this Jerk, I bet they will find additional Victims. '

So can people on drugs,alcoholic,pedophiles etc. I doubt it was the first or last time he raped some poor little girl. They are no different from wife beaters. This is a pattern. They will do it again(if he hasn't already).

1852 days ago


"19. Don't forget he is Jewish and it seems as long as you make movies about the holocaust then all is forgiven."

It all now makes to me now. He's Jewish and a celebrity. He'll never be held accountable.

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1852 days ago


Roman Polanski= Coward = Pedophile!
If he didn't have money his attorneys nor anyone else would care about him! Has anyone noticed the resemblance between Polanski and Phil Spector?

1851 days ago


Hang him HIGH by his snutz in mexico.he suck

1853 days ago


What took the US so long to get this guy? He has been in the public eye for about 30 years, and they couldn't find him?! Such a joke!

1853 days ago


Arrest him and bring him back to the US to face charges.

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