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Women Walk Out After Convicted Child Rapist Roman Polanski Wins Another Award

Women Walk Out After Convicted Child Rapist Roman Polanski Wins Another Award

I’m furious to report that again, just as Jezebel’s own Emily Alford

wrote back in September of 2019 , Roman Polanski, convicted child rapist, has been given yet another award.

In September he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, and now he has been named best director at the Césars, France’s equivalent to the Oscars. He also won the award for best adapted...

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Feb 14, 2020. 19 comments

Entire Board of French Film Awards Resigns After Giving Roman Polanski Film 12 Nominations

Entire Board of French Film Awards Resigns After Giving Roman Polanski Film 12 Nominations

On Thursday, the board that is responsible for overseeing the César Awards (the French equivalent to the Oscars) announced that every single one of the 21 board members would be jointly resigning after the upcoming awards. While this decision might seem shocking, it comes after significant controversy surrounding the César Academy board’s practices—and the decision to give Roman Polanski’s...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Nov 11, 2019. 6 comments

French Actor Valentine Monnier Accuses Roman Polanski of 'Violent Rape'

French Actor Valentine Monnier Accuses Roman Polanski of 'Violent Rape'

Convicted child rapist Roman Polanski has been accused of “violently raping” another woman, totaling at least six allegations of sexual assault from women who were teenagers and/or minors at the time of the attack. According to the New York Times, French photographer Valentine Monnier says Polanski attacked her in 1975 at his ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland when she was just 18 years old....

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Sep 08, 2019. 19 comments

Roman Polanski, Convicted Child Rapist, Has Been Given Yet Another Award

Roman Polanski, Convicted Child Rapist, Has Been Given Yet Another Award

Roman Polanski, who pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1978 and has yet to serve a single day of his sentence, has been awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival for a

film about a wrongfully accused man.

The Polanski-directed An Officer and a Spy is

based on a 2013 book about the Dreyfus Affair and tells the story of a French military...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 29, 2019. 11 comments

Sure, Roman Polanski's 'Controversial' Image is Because of His Filmmaking, Not His Rape of a Child

Sure, Roman Polanski's 'Controversial' Image is Because of His Filmmaking, Not His Rape of a Child

Incredibly, Roman Polanski is still talking.

Polanski—who famously pled guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 before fleeing to Europe, where he remains to this day—has a new film premiering at the Venice Film Festival. Titled An Officer and a Spy, it’s about the Dreyfus Affair, in which a Jewish officer in the French military was falsely accused of spying for Germany. No doubt you...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Oct 30, 2018. 18 comments

Sigourney Weaver Says She Would Work With Roman Polanski Again

Sigourney Weaver Says She Would Work With Roman Polanski Again

The Hollywood Reporter did a lengthy interview with Sigourney Weaver that focused heavily on the entertainment industry, the #MeToo movement, and the upcoming midterm elections—but nestled in the Q&A is a bit where Weaver defends the possibility of working with director Roman Polanski, who she previously worked with on Death and the Maiden in 1994.

Asked if she has any regrets about working...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Oct 24, 2018. 8 comments

Anniversary Edition of Rosemary's Baby Conveniently Ignores That Roman Polanski Directed It

Anniversary Edition of Rosemary's Baby Conveniently Ignores That Roman Polanski Directed It

Rosemary’s Baby is a very good movie, and Roman Polanski is a very bad man, but we can’t collectively erase the fact that he directed it.

The movie is being re-released soon by Paramount to celebrate its 50th anniversary. But when the trailer was released earlier this week, IndieWire noticed that someone’s name was conveniently left out of the movie description. It reads:

Celebrate the 50th...

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Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball Sep 30, 2018. 17 comments

Guess Which Celebrated Director and Convicted Child Rapist Is Making a Movie About a Wrongly-Accused Male Victim

Guess Which Celebrated Director and Convicted Child Rapist Is Making a Movie About a Wrongly-Accused Male Victim

I hesitate to call this a “comeback” because Roman Polanski, like Woody Allen, never really went away. In Polanski’s case, we know he had sex with a 13-year-old because he pled guilty to doing so in 1977 and later wrote about sleeping with teenage girls in his autobiography. And yet, even with admissions of guilt, and five more recent allegations of sexual assault against children, Polanski...

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Bobby Finger Bobby Finger May 05, 2018. 22 comments

Did Roman Polanski Forget He's a Rapist?

Did Roman Polanski Forget He's a Rapist?

The trades are reporting Friday that film director and convicted child rapist Roman Polanski was “blindsided” by his

recent booting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Both Polanski and Bill Cosby were expelled this week in an attempt by the Academy to “encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

My reaction...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills May 04, 2018. 19 comments

The Academy Has Kicked Out Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

The Academy Has Kicked Out Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it was expelling Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby from its membership.

In a statement to Jezebel, the Academy wrote:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with...

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Madeleine Davies Madeleine Davies Feb 06, 2018. 24 comments

Here's Audio of Quentin Tarantino Defending Roman Polanski: 13-Year-Old Girl 'Wanted to Have It'

Here's Audio of Quentin Tarantino Defending Roman Polanski: 13-Year-Old Girl 'Wanted to Have It'

In October of 2017, director Quentin Tarantino spoke out about his longtime collaborator Harvey Weinstein and the mounting accusations of sexual assault against him, telling the New York Times, “I knew enough to do more than I did. There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

If you were being...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Nov 04, 2017. 15 comments

Despite Protests, French Roman Polanski Retrospective Will Go On As Planned

Despite Protests, French Roman Polanski Retrospective Will Go On As Planned

Cinémathèque Française will host a retrospective of the work of Roman Polanski, despite protests and a petition against it, with an opening to be attended by the director on Monday night.

The Guardian reports that feminist groups in France have opposed the event to no avail; the show will go on. The petition against the retrospective is particularly suspicious of Cinémathèque Française’s...

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Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball Oct 23, 2017. 9 comments

Here's Another Sweep of Sexual Assault Allegations From Hollywood, Including One More for Roman Polanski

Here's Another Sweep of Sexual Assault Allegations From Hollywood, Including One More for Roman Polanski

Harvey Weinstein may be a kingmaker, but semi-famous men also whip their dicks out under the auspices of professional opportunities. In other words, another wave of sexual assault stories have come out against “you-wanna-be-a-star?” guys, from the A to the D-lists.

The most famous is Roman Polanski, whom artist Marianne Barnard has now accused of raping her at the age of ten, during a beach...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Oct 04, 2017. 15 comments

Another Woman Alleges Roman Polanski Raped Her As a Teenager

Another Woman Alleges Roman Polanski Raped Her As a Teenager

Renate Langer, a former German actress, has accused director Roman Polanski of raping her at a house in Gstaad when she was 15, the New York Times reports, making her the fourth woman to accuse Polanski of sexual assault.

According to the Times, police in Switzerland met with Langer on September 26; there is no statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases in Switzerland, but prosecution in...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Oct 03, 2017. 17 comments

Roman Polanski on Rape: 'As Far As What I Did, It’s Over'

Roman Polanski on Rape: 'As Far As What I Did, It’s Over'

Roman Polanski has been

fighting to return to the US, after fleeing a potential 50 year sentence for drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977.

It’s rare for the 84-year-old director to discuss his conviction and the multiple extradition attempts by US officials, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, he was feeling quite chatty at a presser at the Zurich Film Festival for his...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Sep 15, 2017. 20 comments

Roman Polanski Will Face a New Extradition Attempt

Roman Polanski Will Face a New Extradition Attempt

Poland said that it will challenge a 2014 court decision not to extradite the 82-year-old filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States. Reuters reports that Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said in an interview on Tuesday that he will appeal the court’s decision and seek Polanski’s extradition.

In 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged with five counts related to the assault of then...

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Ellie Shechet Ellie Shechet Sep 15, 2017. 15 comments

Polish Court to the US: No, Sorry, We'd Really Like to Keep Roman Polanski 

Polish Court to the US: No, Sorry, We'd Really Like to Keep Roman Polanski 

A Polish court has ruled that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, 82, who pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex

* with a 13-year-old girl, will not be extradited to the United States over his sex crime conviction.

Polanski served a short jail sentence in the U.S. following his 1977 guilty plea, but fled the country the following year amid fears that the judge would overrule his plea...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 21, 2017. 16 comments

Roman Polanski's Lawyers Ask Polish Court Not to Extradite Him, Arguing Justice Has Been Served 

Roman Polanski's Lawyers Ask Polish Court Not to Extradite Him, Arguing Justice Has Been Served 

Roman Polanski is once again fighting extradition to the United States, where he pleaded guilty in 1977 to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. Polanski fled the United States after serving 42 days in jail, which his lawyers now argue should count as having done his time.

Polanski, who was born in Poland, holds joint French and Polish citizenship. He’s seeking to make a movie in his home...

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Rachel Vorona Cote Rachel Vorona Cote Aug 19, 2017. 21 comments

Bob Dylan Solemnly Accepts His Nobel Prize While Wearing Black Hoodie

Bob Dylan Solemnly Accepts His Nobel Prize While Wearing Black Hoodie

You may recall that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was not, shall we say, demonstrably excited over winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. To be more specific, Dylan

neglected to respond to both calls and emails from the Nobel Academy alerting him to this prestigious honor and skipped President Obama’s reception for the American winners. But we can all put our minds at ease: America’s...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Aug 18, 2017. 22 comments

Roman Polanski Escapes Polish Minister's Efforts to Have Him Extradited to the U.S.

Roman Polanski Escapes Polish Minister's Efforts to Have Him Extradited to the U.S.

Roman Polanski has been living in France and Poland

since fleeing rape charges in 1978, as a dual citizen . He has continued to direct films, and has resisted numerous attempts from the U.S. to extradite him from either country, including an arrest in Switzerland that led to 10 months under house arrest in 2009. The latest attempt to bring him back to face his crimes has also failed.

Polanski...

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