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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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76.

isthatallthereis    

Why does being a notable person in the entertainment field justify his deplorable actions of child rape? What he does for a living should not have anything to do with the fact that he committed a very disgusting and heinous act on a minor. And Debra Tate...is she an authority on child rape? I am really tired of media personalities thinking they are above the law! Serving only four months for raping a 13-year-old is an abomination!

1798 days ago
77.

arte help    

String him up!

1798 days ago
78.

ambin    

this is so gay!

1798 days ago
79.

julez    

How did this become a Left vs. right thing? I think the women is a hypocrite claiming she's a victims right advocate and condoning what he did. I will say I'm of mixed feeling one he should do his time but two the judge should of stood by the deal that was worked out. I'd also like to ask that women if she thought it was consensual why did the 13 year old go to the police? One more thing if the 13 year now women doesn't want him sentenced why are people mad at her she forgave him?

1798 days ago
80.

Lesa    

I wonder if Debra Tate would feel the same way if Roman Polanski had "consensual" sex with HER 13 year old daughter. What a stupid woman. A 13 year old little girl cannot give her consent according to the law and the 13 year old victim has stated publicly that she did NOT give her consent anyway.

1798 days ago
81.

Have no shame    

Charles Manson and his followers should be let out of jail. Obviously in her world a crime is only a crime if her family is the victim.

1798 days ago
82.

Seattlelite    

Consensual!?!?!? A thirteen year old can not consent! The victim said herself she said no and stop numerous times! It was rape! What is wrong with these people acting like Roman is the victim here?

1798 days ago
83.

TORI    

I'M SHOCKED THAT THIS IDIOT OF A WOMAN WOULD SAY THAT HAVING SEX WITH A 13 YEAR OLD IS AN OK THING, AT THAT AGE YOUR STILL A CHILD. HE RAPED HER AND SHOULD BE PUNISHED. FOR A WOMAN REPRESENTING THE GRUESOME MURDER OF HER SISTER SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF!

1798 days ago
84.

whatsright    

I can't believe that Hollywood people have the nerve to ask for his release. No matter when it happened, he had sex with a 13 year old girl. That is a crime, even in Hollywood. It really gets to me the sense of entitlement that Hollywood people think that they have, they are not better than the rest of us.

1798 days ago
85.

J C    

Hollywood is immoral.
No wonder why the Democrats like them so much

1798 days ago
86.

tiredofitall    

What an idiot.

A. He has already pled guilty to the crime. He is not going on trial to determine whether or not he raped the girl. He already admitted it. He is coming back to be sentenced, by a judge, not a jury, for the crime he pled guilty to 30 years ago. His lawyers have moved to dismiss, if he comes back the judge will decide that motion. He may in fact win. If he would just have some guts and come to the U.S., he would probably end up spending less time in jail than he will by fighting extradition. He is a coward.

B. This was not consensual. This is not a statutory rape case, even though it has been reported to be in many media stories. The girl, now woman, has always maintained that she said no, that she did not consent, that she repeatedly asked to be taken home, that she had sex against her will. Her age is therefore irrelevant. Even if he thought she was 18, if she said no, it is rape. He pled to a lesser charge of unlawful sex with an underage girl as part of a plea bargain, but has never really denied that this was not consensual sex.

C. He is in Switzerland, not France. France can't deal with it, nor can Switzerland. The only place that can resolve this is the California Superior Court.

1798 days ago
87.

:what ev errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr    

She is what's WRONG with this country. Go to hell you douche bag!

1798 days ago
88.

lori    

Tates Sister thought the justice system worked just fine bringing her Sisters killers to justice, but a Man touching a 13 year ols is o.k.? And the same system who brought her Sisters killers to justice is all of a sudden broken? This women is as sick as Roman is.

1798 days ago
89.

mary    

It is not consensual when the victim is 13 years old and in this case she was drugged and attacked. Shame on Sharon Tate's sister for sticking up for her ex brother-in-law the pedophile and rapist.

1798 days ago
90.

Mandi    

Was she not given huge amounts of alcohol...and then was it consensual, did she not say No, and is it still consensual. Shame on you!! She was a minor and he was convicted. Stand up Roman and take it like a man, you deserve to be accountable for you actions. Famous or not, we are all the same, and the laws are applicable to all on a level footing. Be a man !!!

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