Thursday, May 30, 2024

Roman Polanski Expelled from Movie Academy, His Victim Speaks Out: “It Is An Angry and Cruel Action”


Samantha Geimer was 13 in 1977 when she had sex with director Roman Polanski. Today Polanski, in what has come to be described as a rape, was expelled from the Motion Picture Academy.  This, despite Geimer supporting him over the years, and Polanski having served time in jail. He has never been allowed to return to the US and likely never will set foot here. Polanski has two Oscars, for “Chinatown” and “The Pianist.”

Geimer posted this to her blog this afternoon, an essay called “So you want to know what I think?” She still supports Polanski. (BTW I’ve met and spoken with Geimer several times, she is a bright, interesting person who brings a lot to this conversation.)

She writes: The Academy’s decision highlights the need for the misconduct and corruption in this case, not only in 1977, but as it has continued to this day, be IMMEDIATELY investigated. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has refused to pursue justice, instead it continues to cover up the illegal and inappropriate activity in the Court, and in particular, its own office. DAs are not elected to seek the limelight celebrity cases afford them as preferable to serving the public interest. The disgusting behavior in the Los Angeles Districts Attorney’s office helped create today’s trend of accusations being the same as convictions, our Courts are diminished by their actions.

As for the Academy expelling a member who 41 years ago plead guilty to a single charge and served his sentence, it is an ugly and cruel action which serves only appearance. It does nothing to change the sexist culture in Hollywood today and simply proves that they will eat their own to survive. I say to Roman, good riddance to bad rubbish, the Academy has no true honor, it’s all just PR.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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