Friday, May 14, 2010

Uh. Roman Polanski, What's Your Damage?

British actress and former Playboy model Charlotte Lewis has stepped forward claiming that she too was sexually abused by controversial director Roman Polanski at age 16.  Now 42-years old, Lewis starred in Polanski's 1986 genre clunker Pirates.  The film was released when Lewis was 19, though it supposedly took several years to complete.  Reports are quoting Lewis, alongside attorney Gloria Allred, as stating
“Mr. Polanski knew that I was only 16 years old when he met me and forced himself upon me in his apartment in Paris. He took advantage of me and I have lived with the effects of his behavior ever since it occurred. All I want is justice.”[Radar]
It should be noted that the legal age of consent in France is, in fact, 16 assuming that force was not involved.  Lewis hasn't given details into the occurrence, but if the incident did occur, it's relevant to Polanski's current case.  As you know, the Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown director is already deep in hot water after being arrested in Zurich on a warrant from 1978 for a similar incident involving the then 13-year old Samantha Geimer.  He posted an open letter on the subject earlier this month on La r├Ęgle du jeu

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 17, 2011

    Coercion, threat, deception, intoxication, seduction, and corruption, all invalidate the consent of minors.

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