Apparently, it does according to John Farr:
But the story of what Polanski suffered even before the unspeakable trauma of having his pregnant wife Sharon Tate butchered in the spooky twilight of the turbulent sixties makes me believe that overall, he’s as much victim as predator himself.
Can you imagine living in the Krakow ghetto during the Nazi Occupation, and at the tender age of ten watching both your parents shuttled off to concentration camps, only to have your mother die in one?
These horrors by no means excuse his crime, but they are mitigating factors, are they not?
No, I cannot imagine living in a ghetto but I also cannot imagine the trauma Samantha Geimer, now 45, went through as a 13 year old child…Polanski’s troubled past does not excuse his crime, period…Why haven’t other Holocaust survivors committed similar crimes? They too had to deal with living in ghettos and concentration camps and the loss and torture of loved ones…Just as the Holocaust was a colossal crime against humanity, rape especially the rape of a minors is also a crime against humanity and there are no excuses for either…
So, with all due contempt for child molesters in general, I hope the case will be handled expeditiously, and if and when sentenced, that Polanski ultimately receives a measure of leniency. In other words- don’t throw away the key.
I can’t help musing that here in America, we drove away Chaplin for all those years, and though Polanski’s crime was much harsher and more defined, I, for one, would welcome having him back among us once he’s paid his debt to society. Maybe he could even help us make better movies again.
It’s good to know that Mr. Farr has contempt for poor and untalented child molesters and admiration for rich and talented ones…Has Roman Polanski paid his debt to society? Does making award-winning films negate his past sins? Why should celebrities get preferential treatment? Is talent more important than crime?
Roman Polanski may be talented but the fact is, he’s an admitted child rapist who ran away from justice…
A commentator to the post rightly said:
Every rapist has their reasons or stories. perhaps they were raped in the past or suffered some trauma or other psychiatric stress. should we let all rapists off the hook? the consequence of jailtime as a deterrent and shows such behavior is not compatible with current society. Polanski should be locked up.
His movie accolades have absolutely zero role in this discussion.