Roman Polanski Avoided Prison Time for His Crimes
Polanski's case shows the way that legal channels do not always dole out justice. Especially when victims are young women.
In the 1970s, Polanski pleaded guilty to the rape of a girl who was just 13 years old. He fled the U.S. before sentencing, escaping judicial consequences. He has continued making films in France since. And he has even earned the highest prize that France gives for filmmaking, a César. Meanwhile, his victims have suffered emotional and psychological losses, and are rarely spoken of in the press. As recently as 2019, a sixth woman accused Polanski of rape. Valentine Monnier, a Parisian photographer says the filmmaker attacked her in a ski chalet when she was just 18 years old. "I weighed 50 kilos [110 pounds]," she said in an interview. "Polanski was small but muscular and at 42 was in the prime of his life. He got the upper hand in two minutes.” Monnier joins a group of women with allegations against Polanski: all of who were just teenagers when he allegedly raped them.