Victim: Courts did more harm than Polanski

The events of a single afternoon when she was 13 years old have haunted Samantha Geimer her entire life. A famous movie director allegedly gave her champagne and had sex with her.
She is 45 now, and wishes the whole matter would just go away. The arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland over the weekend makes that highly unlikely. Geimer is back in the news in connection with the infamous 1977 California sex case, whether she likes it or not.
Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/29/polanski.victim.profile/index.html

Of course, if the worst allegations were true, that Polanski drugged the girl without her knowledge, and raped her while she told him to stop, everyone agrees this is a serious crime. But, where is the proof? It is strange that with sexual crimes against minors, the alleged perpetrator is “guilty until proven innocent”. Many times a minor gets caught by the parents, and instead of admitting she did it willingly, she decides to cry rape. So in normal cases, the legal rule is “innocent until proven guilty”. That is the rule that should be valid for all legal cases, even if a few guilty people were to be set free unjustly.

Quaeludes were a recreational drug, not a date rape drug, so if the girl were conscious of the fact and not underage, there would not be a maior problem. Note also that there is no proof for all the allegations that he gave her quaeludes
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methaqualone

So Polanski did a plea bargain, admitted to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Yes the girl was fairly young, but millions of men would go to jail if this would be enforced regularly. I think it is worse to get a minor pregnant, when she is not ready for a child physiologically, psychologically, and financially.  As shown in other posts here, it seems that the hysteria about underage sex is not supported by scientific facts. Worse, scientific research about underage sexuality is actively suppressed and shunned. The link before shows how prestigious scientific research (not a fringe publication but the American Psychological Association) showed that most underage sexuality causes no problems. This research was rejected by unanimous vote in the US senate. Where else would the US senate repress research? Well, Clinton repudiated the Bell Curve, racial differences are another no-no.

Also notice that in the 70ies, times were different. Holland legally published porn movies with 16 year old actors. The blue lagoon with nude scenes of very young actresses has not even been out yet. In most parts of the world, all these things became criminalized later 

And finally, most crimes would have prescribed after 35 years.

So is there a problem: yes. But I don’t see it as a huge problem that is being made out of it. And, often forgotten, there is a problem when adult women (or men) take recreational drugs and drink alcohol, and maybe they end up doing things they would not have done otherwise.  Independent of being underage or not. Aclohol-related loss of self control is a huge problem.

Enough playing devils’ advocate today. This is not the complete discussion of the issue, just some points that are often omitted.

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    My cocaine hell, by the beauty [Charlotte Lewis] who partied away her glittering film
    Written in United Kingdom Sunday Mirror, Apr 6, 1997 by Henrietta Knight

    Looking gaunt and vulrable, Charlotte Lewis hangs her head and whispers: “I used to have the world in the palm of my hand.
    “But I discovered cocaine and just couldn’t stop.
    “Everywhere I went there were drugs – at parties, at restaurants, on the sets of movies and at my friends’ homes. I couldn’t get away from it. It took over my whole life and then wrecked it.”
    It is the first time British-born Charlotte – who shot to fame at 18 after starring with Eddie Murphy in his film The Golden Child – has spoken of her battle against drugs…and the Hollywood party-go- round that drove her to the edge. Now recovering at the pounds 3,000 a week Priory Clinic in Roehampton thanks to her close friend Eric Clapton she says: “It is only now that I am really willing to admit that I had a problem.
    “I have tried to stop taking cocaine twice before, but only in a half-hearted way.
    “I used to think that it was something I just did at weekends.
    “But living in Los Angeles is like being at one long party, and it’s difficult to get away from it.
    “I got to the stage where I was wondering, ‘What is the point of living here? All I have is temptation’.”
    Charlotte was just 15 when she was thrown out of the exclusive Bishop Douglas School in North London – and went to Paris to pursue a modelling career.
    At 5ft 7in she was too short to be a catwalk model, but found plenty of work in fashion magazines.
    She also found a ready supply of drink, drugs and late-night parties.
    “I was rebelling against everything,” she recalls.
    “After six months I pulled myself together because I realised I looked about 110 years old.
    “I stopped drinking, smoking and taking drugs and didn’t really start again until I landed in LA.”
    Charlotte made her screen debut when she was just 16, starring in Roman Polanski’s film Pirates. She was immediately hailed as the new Natassja Kinski. When she co-starred with Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child the following year she was acclaimed as the next great Hollywood leading lady.
    But along with the fame came the party invites. Everybody wanted to know her.
    She became a well-known figure on Los Angeles’ celebrity circuit … and she was seen on the arm of some of the world’s most eligible men.
    She had an 18-month affair with Charlie Sheen and romances with Mickey Rourke, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and INXS rocker Michael Hutchence.
    [ …]
    Now Charlotte says she is determined to fight her way back to the top – for the sake of her mum.
    “I never knew my father, who was a half-Iranian half-Chilean doctor,” she says.
    “We didn’t have any money when I was growing up and my mother raised me by herself.
    “Now it’s my turn. Even when I was doing really well I still couldn’t afford to buy her a house or a car.
    “All I did was to try to make sure she was always warm in the winter.
    “Now I really want to be a successful Hollywood movie star and really spoil her.
    “But I was never veory good at calling it quits.”
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_19970406/ai_n14462559/

    Addendum – Seems like the Los Angeles prosecutors in 1977 and once again in 2010 are using cocaine drug addicts to try to nail Roman Polanski for all sorts of phoney stale crimes, by doing deals and covering up the witnesses cocaine drug addiction using them to defame Roman Polanski’s character to the world,

    But these witnesses lose credibility because of their cocaine drug addiction, and are either biased witnesses because of fear of prosecution for cocaine, or because of Charlotte Lewis’s betrayal and wish for more fame and fortune at Roman Polanski’s expense.

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    Best post I’ve read on the matter (and I’ve read a few).

    One thing I keep hearing from the lynchers of Polanski is that the feelings of the victim should not matter – that the crime was ‘against the state’. This is the very attitude that allows America to put consenting teenagers on sex offenders registers.

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