By now you’ve seen or at least heard about Meryl Streep’s speech from the Golden Globes Awards over the weekend. The far-left actress criticized the incoming republican president-elect Donald Trump.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 9, 2017
By now, you’ve also seen many pointing out the hypocrisy of Streep and Hollywood staking the moral high ground – especially when many of the very same actors and actresses gave convicted rapist Roman Polanski a standing ovation back in 2003.
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What you may not be familiar with are the details of Roman Polanski’s rape case. Surely there must be more to the story, something that makes it okay for an entire room of Hollywood moralists to claim there’s some redeeming reason to give a lengthy standing ovation to a convicted rapist like Polanski.
The trouble is, you’d be hard pressed to find one. Polanski admits to having sex with a 13-year-old child, Samantha Geimer, and the details of the case are incredibly disturbing.
News outlets obtained transcripts of the grand jury testimony, and they’re absolutely horrifying.
Polanski, who was 43 at the time, got the 13-year-old victim drunk on champagne and also drugged her, as if she wasn’t vulnerable enough already. After drugging her, Polanski then proceed to sexually assault Geimer despite her being scared and begging him to “keep away” from her.
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According to Geimer’s testimony, Polanski first met Geimer at her home Feb. 13, 1977. Geimer said the director asked her mother if he could photograph her for French Vogue. She said her mother agreed to a private photo shoot, which Geimer told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in 2003 that she believed would help further her acting career.
The director returned nearly a week later to take Geimer for the photo shoot about a block from her home. Geimer said that at the top of a hill, Polanski asked her to change shirts, which she did in front of him.
Then, she said, he asked her to pose topless, which she also did, though she said she felt uncomfortable.
This was just the beginning of the nightmare. Mom didn’t know about the first assault when Polanski came back, in more of a hurry this time, rushing her into deciding on coming to another shoot. Despite concerns, she decided to go.
‘Mostly I was thinking: “Ew, there’s this guy who’s, like, my size and sort of looks like a ferret. But he’s super-powerful and he wants to photograph me. Me!” ’
It was a horrible mistake.
Polanski took pictures of Geimer at someone else’s residence before they drove to Jack Nicholson’s home. There, events took a darker turn, as Geimer said Polanski loaded her with champagne, then asked her to pose topless again.
“We did photos with me drinking champagne,” Geimer later told “GMA.” “He was friendly and then right toward the end it got a little scary, and I realized, you know, he had some other intentions, and then I knew I was not where I should be. I just didn’t quite know how to get myself out of there.”
Geimer said the other intentions became clear after Polanski offered her part of a Quaalude, which she took, then asked her to get into a Jacuzzi without her underwear. He took pictures of her in the Jacuzzi naked, before taking off his clothes and joining her in the water, she said.
The Daily Mail added this disturbing detail at this point in the statement: “Feigning an asthma attack, she told Polanski she needed to go home. Instead, he guided her by her shoulders into a bedroom.”
Polanski’s behavior is clearly predatory here, already guilty of sexually assaulting a child – but it was about to get much, much worse.
Geimer said she grew uncomfortable when he grabbed her around the waist and started to move her hips around. When she hopped out of the Jacuzzi and retreated to the bathroom, she said, Polanski followed her there and she told him she wanted to go home.
“Yeah, I’ll take you home soon,” he said, according to her testimony.
“No, I have to go home now,” Geimer said she told him.
Geimer testified that Polanski persuaded her to go to the bedroom and lie down. Geimer went, she said, but she sat on the couch in the bedroom. She described Polanski sitting next to her and reaching over to kiss her. Geimer said she told him, “No, keep away” and “Come on, let’s go home.”
He ignored her, she testified, then “went down and he started performing cuddliness (sic).”
When the district attorney asked Geimer what “cuddliness” meant, she clarified, “he placed his mouth on my vagina.”
“I was ready to cry,” she said. “I was going, ‘No. Come on. Stop it.'”
Let’s pause and remember – the same Hollywood celebrity who just lectured Donald Trump on encouraging and enabling immoral behavior, gave the man who was convicted of this crime a standing ovation.
But it’s not over – it gets even worse.
Instead, a few minutes later, Geimer said, Polanski began having intercourse with her, while asking her if she was on the pill and when her last period was.
She testified that he then asked, “Would you like me to go in through your back?” Then, he started performing anal sex on her.
At one point, Geimer said, there was a knock on the door. The Los Angeles Times reported that the woman was actress Anjelica Huston, Nicholson’s girlfriend at the time, but Geimer testified that she did not know who the woman was who was in the house.
According to Geimer, the woman who knocked on the door said, “Roman, are you in there?”
Polanski went to the door and opened it a crack to speak to the woman. Meanwhile, Geimer testified, she put her underwear back on and started toward the door.
When asked why she didn’t say anything to the woman, Geimer said, “I was still pretty much afraid of him [Polanski].” She added that he was her only way home.
Geimer testified that Polanski closed the door before she could reach it, took off her panties and began intercourse again. When he finally let up, she said, she went to the bathroom and put on her dress again.
On her way outside to the car to wait for Polanski, she said, she again saw the woman in the house, spoke with her, but didn’t tell her what had just happened.
Geimer said she began to cry in the car, and Polanski got in about 10 minutes later and drove her home.
Hollywood had a choice:
Stand for children. Stand for women. Stand for the abused.
Or… they could stand with a convicted rapist.
They chose and continue to choose – with thunderous applause – to defend a pedophile.
A pedophile who fled the country rather than face the music. After fleeing in 1978, he spent decades roaming freely around Europe, making films and even winning an Acadamy Award. Justice finally caught up with him when he was arrested in Switzerland in 2009.
“We’re calling on every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” said Weinstein.
His attorney called it “one of many cruel ironies” that Polanski was arrested on the same day he was supposed to receive a prestigious award at the Zurich Film Festival.
“Seeing him alone, imprisoned while he was heading to an event that was due to offer him praise and recognition is awful. He was trapped,” French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand added.
Terrible situation? Cruel? Awul?
Did not one person in Hollywood stop to consider the child? The woman? The victim?
Nowhere in the passionate pleas was any compassion for the young girl who was taken advantage of and raped by a powerful, Hollywood star.
No pleas for Polanski to turn himself in.
No demands for him to apologize or show remorse.
No cries of justice for children abused by pedophiles.
No using this to highlight the rampant mistreatment and abuse of women in society and around the globe.
Well, they weren’t completely silent. In 2003, they made lots of noise. The only problem is, they stood behind the abuser. They chose monster over the marginalized. They declared, as Streep echoed this weekend, that Polanski is the victim in all of this.
They continue to help the privileged instead of the powerless.
Meryl’s “heart broke” when Trump mocked a reporter. But it soared for child rapist Roman Polanski.
Of Trump’s ill-advised mockery, she said she “can’t get it out of her head” – but apparently isn’t too troubled by the drugging and sexual assault of a helpless teen.
Apparently that wasn’t “real life” enough for Meryl.
One thing she did get correct in her speech:
“And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”
Exactly right. People emulate cultural leaders.
So what’s it say when powerful Hollywood elites bully, drug and rape defenseless young children – and then are praised and rewarded by their peers after evading justice?
Imagine a world with ‘permission’ to do as Hollywood does – literally get away with child rape, so long as you have the right friends – and you’ll see something a lot more terrifying than anything the left has warned is coming under a President Trump administration.