FLASHBACK: Harvey Weinstein Defended Child Rapist Roman Polanski

Hollywood has some strange bedfellows.

With the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein floating about, we thought it might be of interest to remind TruthRevolt readers that the Hollywood mogul has strongly defended Roman Polanski, the film director who fled the country and never returned after raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polanski ruined this girl’s life yet continued getting rich off of his films and has bathed in the praise of his Hollywood comrades for the last 40+ years.

But in 2009, Polanski found himself in a bit of trouble in Switzerland. He was arrested on his way to accept a lifetime achievement award (of all things) at the Zurich Film Festival. He was jailed for a short time and the United States bargained for his return so that he could serve the awaiting sentence for his crime. That request was ultimately denied by Swiss police and Polanski was eventually released.

And for that, you can thank Weinstein and his pals. A petition was started while Polanski was under house arrest in Switzerland for his immediate release and was signed by 130 Hollywood bigwigs, including Woody Allen. See what great company they keep?

Weinstein even penned an op-ed, pleading for the release of his friend, saying, “Polanski has served his time and must be freed.” The open letter was rife with flowing compliments of a man who lured a little girl into the bedroom. Weinstein acted as if it was no big deal:

Roman Polanski is a man who cares deeply about his art and its place in this world. What happened to him on his incredible path is filled with tragedy, and most men would have collapsed. Instead, he became a great artist and continues to make great films. I was with him the day he won the Legion of Honour in France, which was a spectacular day. I remember the incredible love and affection that people have for him…

Whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time…

It is a shocking way to treat such a man. Polanski went through the Holocaust and the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson family. How do you go from the Holocaust to the Manson family with any sort of dignity? In those circumstances, most people could not contribute to art and make the kind of beautiful movies he continues to make.

Weinstein also excused Polanski’s criminal behavior by alluding to “the Seventies era” when underage sex was apparently all the rage, especially in Tinsel Town. That is the same excuse he gave for his own sins of the past. In his letter released this week, Weinstein stated, “I came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone.”

A creep then, a creep now.