For 76-yr-old Roman Polanski, legendary director of the macabre and neo noir classic, Chinatown, a nightmare has returned. In an incredible turn of events, the man once known as the husband of the most high profile Manson family victim (his heavily pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was slaughtered by the heinous cult), has just been arrested in a Zurich airport–as he arrived to collect a lifetime achievement award.
Accused in 1977 of sexually assaulting an underage girl–the Tinseltown hopeful was handed over to Polanski by her mother. Polanski took her to Jack Nicholson’s house for a photo shoot, that culminated in what was alleged to be a sexual assault. The Academy-Award winner (Best Director for The Pianist–in absentia) fled LA just before sentencing. He has been living all these years, exiled in Paris. I know Polanski, and hope this great artist is finally left alone. The current DA, Steve Cooley, is using this old, but still high profile case, to garner publicity to win state office. The victim has long ago dismissed this old news: why can’t the politicians and press?