Quentin Tarantino is under fire not only for recent comments made by Uma Thurman about him but for a 2003 audio clip from a Howard Stern interview that has recently resurfaced. The audio recording features Quentin Tarantino defending Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski regarding his 1977 rape case.
Polanski was charged with statutory rape for the assault of then 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Polanski was arrested in March 1977 and originally faced five charges including sodomy, perversion, lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under the age of 14, rape by use of drugs and administering a controlled substance to a minor.
Polanski pled not guilty to the five charges, but later took a plea deal where he pled guilty to the crime of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Polanski was to face a sentencing hearing but grew concerned he might face prison time. Instead of appearing in a California court, he fled to France to avoid extradition to the United States. Roman Polanski never returned to the United States to face his punishment, yet has continued to make award-winning movies such as The Pianist, The Ghost Writer, Carnage, and Tess.
In the interview with Howard Stern, Quentin Tarantino continually defended Polanski by insisting that the 13-year-old victim Samantha Geimer was not a real rape victim as she had not been forcibly beaten or attacked.
According to trial testimony and Polanski’s original charges, he had given the 13-year-old quaaludes and champagne before sexually assaulting her.
You may hear Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 interview with Howard Stern below.
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Howard Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers kept pointing to the fact that Samantha was 13-years-old and didn’t want to have sex with Roman Polanski.
Tarantino repeatedly answered that she knew what she wanted and he said because she wanted to have sex it wasn’t rape.
The belief that Samantha Geimer wanted to have sex with Roman Polanski is against her sworn testimony and the basis of the trial.
It’s also irrelevant to the meaning of statutory rape. Under California law, a 13-year-old may not give consent to sexual intercourse, making it impossible for Roman Polanski to have had sexual intercourse with her in a legal manner.
The backlash against Quentin Tarantino for the comments has been harsh. What are your thoughts regarding his statements?