Roman Polanski a ‘persecuted rapist’ yet Woody Allen walks free


Roman Polanski’s ‘Therapy’

While Roman Polanski can never set foot on U.S soil without heading straight to jail, Woody Allen walks a free man, honored and nominated at top award shows in the face of sexual assault claim by his adopted daughter.

Both Woody Allen and Roman Polanski are much admired film directors around the world but their controversial pasts haven’t eluded them, and eventually it catches up with them.

As we can see in Woody Allen’s case, the famed director is again the centre of controversy after his adopted daughter bravely issued a public letter on the New York Times that claims he laid her down and sexually assaulted her in their home’s “closet like attic”, when she was 7 years old. (The incident occured back in 1992 according to Dylan Farrow.)

It’s not the first time we’ve heard about it but the letter paints a pretty grim picture of Woody Allen’s past, and what he did, if people are to believe it.

CNN highlights the fact that it was concluded Dylan Farrow was not abused nor was there sufficient evidence to suggest Allen had done wrong, yet the history can’t be erased nor will Allen be able to pretend it doesn’t exist.

In Roman Polanski’s case, he faces a far worse judgement if he ever returns to the U.S. After fleeing to France in 1978, he was convicted of having sex with an underage girl (13 at the time) and performing lewd sexual acts. Samantha Geimer, the victim, eventually reached an out of court settlement with the director and publicly asked for him to be forgiven. But the director will still face arrest when he arrives in the U.S should he ever make the trip.

Woody Allen and other film directors signed a petition calling for his release when he was held by Swiss authorities in 2009. The U.S tried to extradite him but Switzerland refused.

In the end Polanski remains much admired because people genuinely believe he did something terribly stupid, and the victim in this case has actually come forward to call for the case to be thrown out. On the other side of that coin, Woody Allen faces an accuser, his adopted daughter, yet there is nothing at present that can convict him. However the letter is far more damning and tells a chilling story. Even if Woody Allen walks free, will he ever be able to shake off his past?