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Natalie Portman Regrets Signing Petition in Support of Roman Polanski's Release: "My Eyes Were Not Open"

Posted on FEB 23, 2018 12:00 AM

A signature has come back to haunt Natalie Portman. In 2009, director Roman Polanski was arrested and detained in Switzerland, more than three decades after he was arrested and pleaded guilty to engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer. He initially had been charged on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, and sought a plea bargain. After pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse, he underwent psychiatric evaluation and spent 42 days in jail. However, when it seemed like he would be sentenced to more time in prison, Polanski fled to France. 31 years later, he was arrested near Zurich, where he traveled to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival, at the request of United States Justice Department. While in custody and awaiting a decision on whether or not he would be extradited, Polanski amassed support from public figures urging his release. According to a petition signed at the time, Portman was among the list of stars, like Martin Scorseseand Woody Allen, to publicly demand Polanski's release. (News By EONLINE NEWS)

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