Whoopi Goldberg Defends Polanski

0
0
Subscribe To:

Whoopi Goldberg has defended Roman Polanski, saying he did not commit "rape-rape".

The 'Rosemary's Baby' filmmaker was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday (26.09.09) and faces being extradited to the US after he fled the country in 1978 after being convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, believing a judge would renege on a plea bargain deal and hand him a considerable jail term.

Whoopi has now caused controversy by suggesting Polanski's offence - which took place in 1977 - was not as serious as the court deemed it.

She said on US TV talk show 'The View': "It was something else but I don't believe it was rape-rape.

"He went to jail and when they let him out he was like, 'This guy's going to give me 100 years. I'm not staying.'

"We're a different kind of society, we see things differently. Would I want my 14 year old having sex? Not necessarily, no."

Whoopi's co-host on the show, Sherri Shepherd, vehemently disagreed with the 'Ghost' star's reasoning over Polanski's attack on Samantha Gailey, now known as Samantha Geimer.

She posted on her Twitter page: "Whew... long day at The View... two shows today... hot debate over the Statutory Rapist Polanski. 45 year old man plies a 13yr old w/drugs and Liquor and penetrates her w/o her consent is a RAPIST. We hunt down 75 year old Nazis. We must protect our children (sic)."

Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen are among a group of people in the film industry who have signed a petition objecting to the 76-year-old director's arrest.

More than 100 people - including Tilda Swinton, Monica Bellucci, David Lynch and Terry Gilliam - have put their names on the document, which calls for Polanski's release from the Swiss jail where he is currently being held.

The group - which is supported by France's Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers - said: "The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance... opens the way for actions of which no one can know the effects.

"It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him."

The director's lawyers have made a legal petition asking the Swiss Criminal Court to release him from custody and block his extradition to the US. The legal team want Polanski - who has lived in Paris since fleeing the US and holds dual citizenship in Poland and France - to be allowed to post bail or be remanded on house arrest at the Swiss chalet he owns.


Contactmusic

Tags: Whoopi Goldberg - David Lynch - Martin Scorsese - Monica Bellucci - Roman Polanski - Sherri Shepherd - Terry Gilliam - Tilda Swinton - Woody Allen

0
0
Subscribe To:
Advertisement

More Whoopi Goldberg

Top Five Trailer

Andre Allen has been voted the Funniest Man in America in his illustrious career as a stand-up comedian. But somehow, he feels there's more to...

Little Rascals Not So Little Anymore: The Cast Recreate The Poster 20 Years On

They shot to fame and gained a momentous audience following in 1994 as a rag-tag group of troublesome kids in the American comedy Little Rascals....

Could Meghan McCain Join Whoopi Goldberg And Rosie O'Donnell On "The View"?

The View may have found its new Republican panelist. Following the exit of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd, Meghan McCain is reportedly in talks to...

It's (Almost) Official - ABC To Announce Rosie O'Donnell's Return To "The View" During Upfronts

O’Donnell is Finally some good news from The View! Meet your new/returning panelist, Rosie O’Donnell. Well, to be fair, you’re probably familiar with the comedienne...

Advertisement

With McCarthy And Shepherd Gone, ABC Will Move The View In A New Direction

The news that Sherri Shepherd was leaving ABC’s The View has been out since last week, when the host tweeted about her departure. At that...

Former 'The View' Host Elizabeth Hasselbeck Shocked By Sherri Shepherd's Departure

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left ABC's The Viewlast year, told her Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy that she is "shocked" at the news of Sherri...

Sherri Shepherd Leaving View, Jenny McCarthy Promises She'll Be Back

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are leaving 'The View' and Rosie O'Donnell is rumored to be returning. The news comes in the wake of Barbara...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

Some years ago, four baby turtles were discovered in a puddle of radioactive ooze in a sewer by a rat named Splinter. Adopting them as...

Advertisement

Comments

Whoopi Goldberg Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Whoopi Goldberg

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All