Has a man’s conscience finally caught up with him? I always wondered how Roman Polanski could live the rest of his life as a fugitive, never truly dealing with what he did — raped — to a 13 year old girl so many years ago. How do you sleep? How do you face your own children? Regardless of his “admission” of guilt and the media circus, the judge reneging on a plea deal, Polanski could have lived a completely different — and if not respectable, at least a recovered life. Instead, he’s chosen to remain at large, protected from extradition by a few countries, but never able to escape the shadow of cowardice and shame. People fuck up. People are horrible. It’s how you handle yourself in those situations that make for a redeemable human being, and Polanski never ever handled himself that way.
All this said, and perhaps it was the recent hubbub over his selection to head France’s César Awards (which ultimately caused the director to step down) that was the final straw, the thing that caused 83 year old Polanski to truly see himself in the mirror. As reported by TMZ, following the unsealing of a secret transcript, Polanski will return to the United States to close the case.
Polanski’s famed lawyer, Harland Braun, has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case.
Braun believes the secret testimony supports Polanski’s claim that he cut a deal to serve only 48 days behind bars for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and the judge signed off.”
Braun expects Polanski to serve no further time (he spent 42 days in U.S. prison, and 334 days in Swiss custody); the victim reportedly also wants the case closed with no further jail for Polanski.
In the end, this final act truly serves no one but Polanski, himself — though if the case is closed, his family will benefit from his ability to travel — but still, maybe his long-suffering victim will finally be free of the associated press attention.