Before celebrities sign the Polanski petition, they should try to evaluate the reprehensible accusations against the director and the implications of his guilty plea before they openly advocate for his release.
This isn't about a genius who is being hounded for flouting society's hidebound conventions. It's about a rich and powerful man who used his fame and position to assault -- in every sense, to violate -- an innocent child.
And it's about a man who ran away rather than face the consequences of his actions. Before any sentence could be imposed, he absconded like a weasel to live a princely life in France.
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