Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has stirred controversy for comments she made in support of the MeToo movement while signing a petition in favor of Roman Polanski. Fighting against sexual harassment and assault in all aspects of life, the #MeToo movement gained traction after allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been sexually abusing women for decades. With a seemingly growing list of Hollywood’s who’s who coming forward as victims, and Weinstein set to face his day in court, more people are taking a closer look at Natalie Portman’s previous actions.
In 2009, Natalie Portman was one of the celebrities who signed a petition asking that Polanski not to be returned to the United States where he is wanted due to a 1977 rape case involving then 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
Unlike some other controversial cases involving Hollywood powerhouses who continue to work while being accused of sexual crimes, Roman Polanski was convicted of one charge of unlawful sex with a minor. Though he was convicted he left the country before completing his sentence.
Natalie Portman has since state she regrets signing the petition, but some feel that the issue extends beyond one actress’ statements. Whether or not Natalie fully understood what she was doing by signing the petition remains in question, despite her statement.
What is not in question is Hollywood’s support for people who are known sexual offenders yet continue to work and garner support due to the money they bring in.
Natalie Portman also signed the 2009 petition supporting Roman Polanski, asking for him to be freed from Swiss jail and not extradited back to the US to face justice for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl. https://t.co/R01DF177b9
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Natalie Portman isn’t the only actress who has come under fire for supporting a producer or director who is known for sexual crimes. She is one of a growing trend of actors and actresses who are beginning to speak out against predators.
Woody Allen is another controversial Hollywood director, writer, and producer. Though his daughter Dylan Farrow states Allen molested her when she was seven, his son Moses stands by his father and claims his innocence.
Recently, some actors have apologized for working with Allen, even though he was never charged or convicted. Some who regret working with Allen include Mira Sorvino, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, and Rebecca Hall.
Convicted sex offender Victor Salva abused Nathan Forrest Winters between the ages of 6 and 11 and has continued to work in Hollywood. Most controversial was his working with Rose McGowan on the film Rosewood Lane, McGowan had the lead role as Dr. Sonny Blake. She states that she didn’t know Salva was a registered sex offender stemming from his 1989 conviction in the Nathan Forrest Winters’ case.
Though she has yet to apologize for working with Salva, she is considered a leader of the #MeToo movement.
Do you think Natalie Portman did the right thing by stating she regretted signing Roman Polanski’s petition?