Exclusive : Roman Polanski’s first reaction since his incarceration

roman-polanski Bernard-Henri Lévy has just received a letter from Roman Polanski. It is a personal message, but he has asked that it be diffused. More important, for the first time since he was unjustly imprisoned, Roman Polanski speaks. These are the first words he has made public, the very first. And I am pleased, along with la Regledujeu.org, to ensure that the first to read them will be the friends of Bernard-Henri Lévy, who are, more often than not, the friends of Roman Polanski as well.
Liliane Lazar.

« My dear Bernard-Henri Lévy, what you have said in the Swiss press is true — I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support and sympathy I have received in Winterthur prison, and that I continue to receive here, in my chalet in Gstaad, where I am spending the holidays with my wife and my children.

These messages have come from my neighbours, from people all over Switzerland, and from beyond Switzerland – from across the world. I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail. In the darkest moments, each of their notes has been a source of comfort and hope, and they continue to be so in my current situation.

I would like to be able to answer all of them. But it is impossible: there are too many. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could reply? Perhaps in your journal, La Règle du jeu, which has supported me from the very first day? Perhaps you could disseminate these few words I’m sending you? I don’t know. I’ll leave it up to you.

Happy holidays to you and yours — and, through you, to all of these unknown friends whom I am discovering day after day, and who have helped me so much.

My warmest regards,

Roman Polanski

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  • dear mr polanski

    i was at the « wailing wall » in jerusalem nov 15th, 2009.
    i wrote on a piece a paper to FREE you… perhaps, a G-D was listening to me!



  • Shalom, Reb Polanski & to your family:
    Elie Wiesel has said: Some things are true, even if they never happened; some things are false, even if they are witnessed.
    I am a post-Auschwitz Jew, you are a pre-Auschwitz Jew — we linked across space/time quantum universes. When you were arrested, I sat down and read all of the documents from the original accusation. I believe now, as I believed when it took place decades ago, that you were ‘set up’, i.e. no-one was cross-examined in a court of peers, especially the mother of the young girl you thought was a young woman. Now, decades later, antisemitic mediasaurs in Horrorwood and New York and elsewhere are tossing rhetoric spitballs at you. You are an artist, they are parasites; you are falseLY accussed, and they are deliberate, knowing liars. My beloved wife Faline (zikhronah livrakhah) perished from small-cell carcinoma 24 August 2008, after being with me for almost 28 years. For years, we enjoyed your films (NINETH GATE remains my favourite, as well as THE PIANIST), and appreciated your humour and visions. I have always wanted to tell you this, sitting here a few blocks from the ocean, a ’62 year old nice Jewish boy’ from Los Angeles living south of San Francisco’s Babylonian tapestries.
    Kol tu uv’racha, Reb Polanski. Thank you for your art blessing us all with tales of wonder.
    Stephan Pickering / Chofetz Chayim ben-Avraham

  • Dai James dit :

    « It is the function of a judge not to make but to declare the law, according to the golden mete-wand of the law and not by the crooked cord of discretion. »

    – Edmund Burke – Preface to Brissot’s Address (vol. V, p. 67)

  • Janus Avivson dit :

    Justice is for the victim and not an abstract idea. We know what the victim wants – to forgive and to let the affair be gone forever. I think that this issue should be pressed upon the California prosecutors in the strongest possible way.

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