I just watched the premiere of the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" on HBO, and I hope it sheds new light on the case for misinformed individuals. I had a few problems with it since nobody can really know how the events took place, but in my honest opinion I believe Polanski was severely mistreated.
The so-called victim of the case publicly apologized, and even when the events took place she and her mother both didn't want him to be in incarcerated. Regardless, she was still woe is me about the publicity. She said she hated the claims about her mother not, well, being a mother and keeping her away from Polanski, even though he had built up quite a reputation at that point, which would make any good mother keep her daughter away from the scene. It's obvious that her whole family wanted fame, and they got it, just not in the way they imagined. Plus, if the girl has always defended her family, then they tells me that she was mature enough to handle the situation in the first place...and I have no doubt in my mind that she knows exactly what happened and has a consensual part in it.
Some of the phrases used to describe Polanski and his situation were ridiculous. Not by the documentary itself, but by the press during the time the controversy was going on. "Child-molester"? Hardly. "Rape?" Once again, no. That's the way the press plays every situation..."let's see how we can blow this up and get something beneficial from it! Screw the facts!" The same goes for the murders by the Manson cult. "Oh my god, they found the bodies ten minutes ago, he had to have done it so let's publish numerous articles about Polanski's evil affiliations! I mean Rosemary's Baby...what a psychotic man." ...because nobody can be creative and explore a darker side...it all had to be pure and good or someone is insane. Anyone who thinks his relationship with Sharon Tate was a sham is seriously misusing their cynicism on the wrong people. I have seen Polanski act, and while he is a very entertaining actor, he couldn't have faked his emotions during the time of her death (and way afterward, I am sure) and still shot THAT much genuine sincerity and sorrow.
What really boils my blood about the whole legal case with the under aged girl are the stooges that were involved in the case. Laurence J. Rittenband was a publicity seeker from the start, especially since he had been a part of many other celebrity court cases. He was fickle and wanted what was best for his reputation and not for the actual case itself. He kept trying to get negotiations from every side until he lost all trust from everyone involved. It also irks me how they went about certain details of the case. Giving parts of her evidence (her underwear) to be investigated by each spectrum of involvement...are you serious? Thank god it was later given to someone else who is "seemingly" more reasonable, but I do not blame Polanski one bit for not wanting to close the case.
From his childhood, the death of his wife and unborn child, to the legal matters that are still a popular subject today, Polanski has been through enough tragedy for not only a lifetime, but many lifetimes. While I do not condone any act without consent, but there is a point in life where people can make their own decisions and actually know what they are doing, and I fully believe that was the case here. I admire Polanski, his work, and his ongoing dedication to keep creating valid works of art and to enjoy life...because we as humans only get one life (that we know of), and we only have one Roman Polanski to respect and admire.