For those of you who are unaware, director Roman Polanski was charged with the rape of a 13 year old girl, Samantha Geimer, in 1977. He fled the country when he heard the judge was considering giving him 50 years in prison.
He gave a rare statement to The Hollywood Reporter in which he didn’t say he was sorry for what he did, instead that it’s over:
“As you know, Samantha Geimer has been asking for over 30 years for this thing to end. But, I’m sorry the judges who dealt with it the last 40 years were corrupted, one covering for the other … maybe one of them will (eventually) stop doing it.”
“As far as what I did: It’s over. I pleaded guilty. I went to jail. I came back to the United States to do it, people forget about that, or don’t even know. I then was locked up here (in Zurich) after this festival. So in the sum, I did about 4 or 5 times than what was promised to me.”
Polanski is a widely praised figure in Hollywood, which makes you wonder why people seem to only focus on Jeepers Creeprs director Victor Salva and his disturbing case, when Polanski’s is nearly the same.
In the case of Salva, he molested a 13 year old boy, filmed it and served a very short sentence in prison. However, he was allowed to work in Hollywood again on a few notable films like Jeepers Creepers, Jeepers Creepers 2 and Powder.
Jonathan Breck, the actor who plays The Creeper in Jeepers Creepers, though, believes Salva deserves a second chance:
“The truth is, Victor’s not the same guy he was 33 years ago. He’s just not. Most people aren’t. I believe people deserve second chances. It was a horrible thing that happened and a horrible mistake that Victor made and nothing can change that. But I know who the guy is today and he’s not the same person and I’d like to see him have a second chance. But then there are those who feel like he should just crawl in a hole and bring the dirt in on top of him, that he should haven’t the chance to make a living and he should just go away and never been seen or heard from again. And that’s certainly their right to feel that way. Working for him has been one of the biggest privileges of my career. I can say that with a hundred percent confidence. There is redemption in all of us.”
With it being reported that Jeepers Creepers 3 features a line that tries to justify child rape, I’m not sure many people will feel the same way about this – or Polanski.