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Sharon Tate's Sis -- Polanski Didn't 'Rape'

9/30/2009 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Debra Tate -- the sister of Roman Polanski's second wife Sharon Tate -- doesn't want the director hauled back to the U.S. to be prosecuted.

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Tate went on the "Today" show this morning, claiming Polanski wouldn't get a fair trial stateside for the rape of a then-13-year-old-girl back in 1977 -- because our "system is broken" -- and the matter would be better served in France ... whatever that means -- France can't prosecute him.

Tate added there's a difference between "rape and rape" -- and this was "a consensual matter."

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Coco    

If a 13 year old spread her legs and begged for it, it's still rape. Rape IS rape. Whoopie Goldberg made the same comment. Stupid bitches. He drugged her and plied her with alcohol, took pics of her, and RAPED her.

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mds145    

Coco....WELL SAID! Couldn't agree more. Rape IS rape. I am astounded that Whoopi Goldberg and Debra Tate are defending this pedeophile!! Boycott Whoopi where ever she appears. Boycott "The View" She owes apologies to every child that was ever RAPED or molested. This includes myself. SHAME SHAME SHAME ON ANYONE WHO CONDONES POLANSKI!

1660 days ago
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mds145    

Put a bullet in the head of ALL pedophile's the FIRST TIME they hurt a child. They will NEVER stop. Look at Jaycee torment for 18 years!!
1 strike you're out! Stop this genocide of children.!

1660 days ago
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mds145    

***APPLAUDING FIREFLY*** WAY TO GO FIREFLY! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

1660 days ago
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Kate    

Letting him get off scott free is sending the message to all adult men, powerful directors or otherwise, that this is somewhat acceptable behaviour. That this is somehow excusable because he is respected.
Imagine if someone living in your neighborhood had done the same and gotten away with it, there would be outrage!

1660 days ago
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mds145    

Can anyone get hold of any petition that might surface naming any U.S actor that signs it defending Polanski? Then we couldboycott their movies.

Perhaps the Paps(TMZ) might look into this and stop wasting time with the media whores Kate and Jon losers. Try doing something worth while Harvey

mady

1659 days ago
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mds145    

p.s Polanski didn't "payoff" the 13 year old family. He skipped that too when he took off to France to escape justice.

mady

1659 days ago
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mds145    

Is Polanski on U.S soil yet? I wonder if those who support him have been involved with underaged girls or boys, and if they didn't come out to defend Polanski maybe they are scared that he will 'tell all'

Ever thought that they may have had a pedophile club going on?

Hang him high. No more trials.

mady

1658 days ago
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TONY    

THE WORLD ITSELF IS REALLY MORALLY MESSED UP. GAY MARRIAGES, FATHERLESS CHILDREN, EXPLOITING TEENS & ADULTS ON TV IN A SEXUAL MANNER. I MYSELF, HOPE HE COMES BACK & GETS PUT AWAY FOR LIFE. HE MAY BE FORGIVEN BY JESUS BUT HE ALSO HAS TO BE PUNISHED BY THE LAW. HOPEFULLY THIS GUY DOESN'T PAY SOMEONE OFF & GETS RELEASED.

1658 days ago
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Tracey    

Yes he should be held accountable for his actions. The fact that he is a hollywood heavyweight does not shield, or protect him from the law! The laws are made and adhered to to keep its citizens safe
from inane, if not insane, be it temporarlily or not due to drugs or alcohol.
The former, drugs and alcohol, are what Polanski used to drug his 13yr old child victim and have NONCOSENSUAL sex. If you are drugged and stoned out of your mind at 13 yrsold, by an adult who happens to be a Hollywood Director at his good buddy ( and another RETARD!)Jack Nicholoson's house. Then you have a case of rape and confinement against two mentally ill adults, who should both rot in jail. Polanski and Nicholson should have been locked up in "One ( or two) Flew over the Cuckoo House" i.e. The Mental Hospital!! Not out receiving awards! for gods sake! People Where is Your Outrage??!!!
A grave injustice has been done to a child!!!!!!

1658 days ago
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ani    

he definitely needs to do time in prison. he raped a young girl and then he fled the country when things did not go his way. wrong! should be brought back now.

1658 days ago
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Courage    

Debra Tate is obviously stupid. Evidently she doesn't consider it rape when a grown man plies a 13 year old ( who, btw Deb, can't legally "consent" to anything) with champagne & quaaludes then sticks his d**k up her a$$ when he finds out - SURPRISE - she's not on the pill. All the jackasses supporting this pervert need to somehow get a brain. OR just maybe they're all pervs, too.

1658 days ago
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Rhonda    

Dear NM,

Put him on trial for what? He pled guilty. At least know what you are talking about.

1658 days ago
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Courage    

Oh, and by the way, I think his movies stink on ice.

1658 days ago
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Rhonda    

Dawn, You have got some issues. I am all for Polanski coming back here and being punished by the law but you have a sick little mind.

1658 days ago
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