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Roman Polanski | October 12, 2009

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Cover of the Roman Polanski documentary on his trial.

We really need to get the media straight on this story. Since Polanski was caught in Zurich, Switzerland on September 27th, I’ve read nothing but reports of him having had sex with a 13 year old. New York Times states this in the second paragraph of their breaking news-story.

I’m not trying to defend Polanski in any way, but I want to clear up the record a bit. Polanski did not have sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Allegations of his drugging her have been admited by Polanski himself, and he then seduced her but it is unlikely the two went past third base. (Check the urban dictionary on that one if you don’t yet know). There were no formal accusations of sex, but in California, seducing anyone under-age is considered grounds for a rape-charge.

The 76-year-old film director is still sitting in a Swiss jail cell, waiting for extradition. Imagine your grandfather confined to jail. Yes, he committed a horrible crime and he can’t necessarily get away with it because of the time that’s passed nor his celebrity status, or can he?

If you’re left wondering more, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is one of the best documentaries you could possibly watch on the topic. It focuses mainly on the crime and trial, not so much his life as it is what I first expected when I stumbled upon the film.

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I'm a journalism senior at MSU... finally! I'm anxiously awaiting a move to Detroit in the spring. I'm the photo editor and I occasionally write for spartanedge.com which includes lots of photo essays and gathering audio. My interests include photography (obviously), astronomy, traveling, art, literature, languages, music, and society.

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