Roman Polanski is depressed in prison


I am shocked to report that Roman Polanski does not like prison. He is seriously not a fan. While most people appreciate some time to themselves to relax and catch up on their pleasure reading (that’s what you do in prison, right?) Polanski just doesn’t know how to make the best of it. According to his lawyer, he’s really bummed out. The term he used was “depressed,” but I think “bummed out and wallowing in self-pity” more accurately sums up the situation. His attorney tries to phrase it like the situation is dire and Polanski is all old and fragile – mentioning his age when it’s totally irrelevant. They’re pushing to get him released on bail while he’s waiting for his extradition hearing. Unfortunately when you’ve skipped town before, officials are unlikely to give you the opportunity to do it again, even if it was 30 years ago.

Two weeks after being arrested in Switzerland to face extradition to the United States, Roman Polanksi is languishing behind bars.

“I found him to be tired and depressed,” his lawyer, Herve Temime, told a Sontag newspaper, Reuters reports.

“Roman Polanski, who is 76, seemed very dejected when I visited him,” Temime explained to another paper.

“Polanski was in an unsettled state of mind,” his lawyer added. Polanksi had fled America in 1977, after pleading guilty to charges he raped a 13-year-old girl. The Oscar-winning director left the States because he feared a judge would reject a the plea bargain he had made and send him to prison for 50 years.

Officials in Switzerland are holding Polanksi in jail, believing him to be a flight risk. But Temime claimed they should decide “very soon” on whether to grant him bail.

“He would fulfill all the conditions and stay in Switzerland until the extradition proceeding are decided,” Temime said.

[From PopEater]

I’m having such a hard time not making any jokes about the world’s tiniest violin. Which I just happen to have right next to me, and have been playing with my pinkie finger. Poor Roman Polanski. All alone in a Swiss jail. You know what they do to the prisoners there, right? They give them Hershey’s chocolate instead of Swiss. Rough going, I’m sure. The thing is, whatever Polanski’s got going on in a Swiss jail, it’s going to be soooooo much worse in the U.S. Assuming he goes to prison, which he may not. But he’s got to know that, which is why I’m disinclined to believe he’d really show up for his extradition hearing. As has been pointed out before, it’s relatively easy to get across the borders in Europe, simply because many of them are easily accessible via a nice car ride.

Polanski might want to consider some Zoloft. It can take up to six weeks to kick in, so he might want to get a head start for his trip back to the states.

Here’s Roman Polanski with Czech President Vaclav Klaus at the 39th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July 2004. Images thanks to .

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Well Boo f****** Hoo! Prison is not The Ritz, that is for sure. Perhaps the sick little man should have thought of these things years ago when he was with a child, getting ready to have sex with her.

    No sympathy here Roman.

  2. Praise St. Angie! says:

    and how depressing/horrifying was it for his victim when she said no and he kept at it?

    ugh. also have no sympathy for him.

    can’t remember where I saw this, but it’s pretty good. puts things in perspective for those who say “what’s the big deal? he’s served his time.”

  3. Kaboom says:

    Maybe some champagne, a Quaalude and some involuntary shagging would cheer him up.

  4. DD says:

    Probably not as depressed as his victim was after being defiled and used by a man old enough to be her father when she was still a child, and then being further victimized by all his fans who feel he is innocent and that it is her fault he is being persecuted.

  5. buellblaster says:

    Please Bubba…introduce him to a tossed salad…

  6. *Lee* says:

    Isn’t everyone depressed in prison?

    Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

  7. Kayleigh says:

    Must really suck “running” for 30 years for raping a little girl then getting stuck in a probably low security prison in Europe. Sigh, oh wait I don’t care. Hope he rots in there.

  8. barneslr says:

    Good. It’s jail. If you’re not depressed in jail, then they are doing something wrong.

  9. sarah says:

    LOL. I know! Like we’re supposed to give a damn.

  10. NJMDPS says:

    Tough sh#%. Too bad. He should have thought about the consequences of his actions. Dirty old man.

  11. Hieronyus Grex says:

    Sucks to be him- not. Reap what you sow.

  12. Lantana says:

    Hopefully they’re reassuring him that it is situational depression and when he gets out of prison in 20 or 30 years the depression will likely lift.

  13. lucy says:

    Aw, poor baby. Don’t we all just feel so sorry for him?
    Of course, had he served his sentence 30 years ago like he should have instead of running off to life in France, then he wouldn’t be sitting there now, would he? But no, we won’t mention that.
    I think your suggestion is a good one, Kaboom.

  14. TaylorB says:

    “…Roman Polanski does not like prison”

    Good. Bet he likes it even less when he gets to the US, child rapists aren’t looked too fondly on by other inmates.

  15. BitterBetty says:

    Awwww… poor little pedophile. I’d offer to cheer him up with a hug but @ 22 I’m way to old for him!

  16. Green Is Good says:

    Somebody give Roman a pair of shoe-laces to hang himself with.

  17. Madchen says:

    Thirteen year old girl is depressed after being raped

  18. Diwali6 says:

    Well cry me a river.

  19. Rebecca says:

    I’m having a really hard time feeling sorry for him. If he would have done the right thing years ago, this would have long been behind him.

  20. Dan says:

    call him a WAH-BULANCE

  21. minx says:

    Well, I do hope you all feel a little bit better having vented your moral outrage and feeling your superiority. Nothing better than a KFC-size bucket of self-righteousness followed by a keg of ignorance, all liberally sprinkled with Schadenfreude. And a big belch to finish it off. Feels good to kick one while he’s down, right? Undo your pants and enjoy Fox tonight, you’ve done well and protected the world from perverts. Creeps me out to think that this is actually what Americans call “jury of one’s peers”. But then it’s how the world sees you. Just so you know 🙂
    Sorry to disturb the party :))

  22. murmur says:

    He’s a disgusting pig.

  23. Enonymous says:

    Great comments everyone, I totally agree with each and every one of you. As for that leprechaun Roman Polanski, the little coward will be someone’s b*tch in no time.

  24. Kirsten says:

    And I suppose we’re meant to feel sorry for him? Boo. Hoo.

    Hope he can be depressed in prison for a long, long, LONG time.

  25. Praise St. Angie! says:

    minx, just for clarification, are you implying that we SHOULDN’T be disgusted with what this guy did?

    or are you implying that we SHOULD feel sorry for him being depressed?

    how is not having sympathy for an ADMITTED rapist (and non-admitted pedophile) “self-righteous” or “ignorant”?

    the facts speak for themselves. He drugged and raped a 13 year old, and then fled the country after his psychiatric evaluation to avoid sentencing.

    why should we feel sorry for this guy and not condemn him for his acts?

    I am asking for a serious explanation here, so please don’t respond with some smart-ass comment.

  26. ! says:

    Minx, you are like so cool for being hypocritically self righteous and condescending on the Internet. I bet it feels neato to be the loan dissenter.

  27. Leni says:

    Actually minx I have been hoping that he would serve justice for many years-not now “just because he is down”. He admitted to what he did so there is no doubt. A jury of his peers would be a bunch of rapists and pedophiles, so no he will not be judged in America by a jury of his peers. Thank goodness.

  28. nesha86 says:

    I really don’t see how anyone is kicking Polanski while he’s down. I mean, the man is a (questionably) respected Hollywood director who’s won Academy Awards. He’s been living the high life for the past 30 years absolutely guilt free. The facts are these: he drugged, raped, and sodomized and 13 year old child. He plead guilty to all the charges and then fled the country. Why the hell shouldn’t he he held accountable for what he did? Because he paid off the victim and her family and now they (conveniently) want the charges dropped? I’m sorry but I’m going to call bulls#!t on this one. He needs to be punished for what he did, even if it happened 50 years ago. The fact that he eluded law enforcement for 30 years does not make the crime null and void.

  29. BitterBetty says:

    “minx”, why don’t you and Natalie Portman
    marry this pedobear and call it a day.

  30. Shay says:

    And I’m supposed to care? Cry me a river.

  31. Ashley says:

    He’s tired from all unwanted rear action. Karmaaaaa

  32. lio says:

    @nesha86: correct me, if i’m wrong but i thought that he only pleaded guilty of one charge (sexual relations with an underage) and denied (and still denies) the rape?

  33. NIKKI says:

    cry cry baby. moonshine dahling, take off your shoes and go to your bed! WHen you go to sunday school, the teacher calls you a big “duppy” fool!

    (where i grew up, that’s what we used to sing when we were children and someone was acting the fool.)

  34. OXA says:

    Who cares if he is depressed in prison, he had many many happy years on the lam.

  35. Dee says:

    I love how Minx criticised every commenter but offered NO opinion of their own whatsoever! Genuinely, what view is he/she even taking? To make a point you gotta have a backbone kiddo.

  36. buckley says:

    One thing that filled me with glee was the beauty of him going to Switzerland to receive and award and getting nabbed instead.
    Here’s your award in the form of handcuffs, you effing pervert!

  37. jennifer says:

    October 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm
    But then it’s how the world sees you. Just so you know 🙂

    You are the world? Really?? How big ARE you?!

    not an American, so don’t even bother you self righteous moron.

  38. Munkey says:

    Minx, the last time you were on a Polanski-related thread spouting this “the whole world is laughing at Americans for being mean to poor Roman” nonsense, quite a few Europeans made sure to claim otherwise. See, pedophiles disgust all decent people, regardless of where they live. So the fact that you find this situation laughable only proves that you’re the one with the problem.

  39. buckley says:

    Minx…why don’t your take your lame ass recipe for cupcake analogy and explain it to your 13yr old sister/cousin/daughter.

  40. Meh says:

    When they get him back to the USA there may be a problem with jail time for the old case but there is no way he will escape prison time for fleeing lawful custody. The irony of it is that the original conviction was not for a felony plea but running from the law is a felony….Ha.

    There is no way he will escape three years in the slammer at least. Take that Roman ‘I’m the Victim’ Polanski.

    But lets not get to hot under the collar about Polanski he is small cheese compared to this…..these guys are up for re election soon so do your duty US citizens

  41. WTF?!? says:

    Sounds familiar:

    His age is absolutely relevant, because if he had manned up and faced the music back inna day, he’d’ve been long-free by now.

  42. dr_bambi says:

    I don’t understand the pov that because 30 years went by since the crime/sentencing, he’s no longer guilty. WTF? He plead guilty, and ran to avoid incarceration. Why should anyone feel sorry for him?
    Being a productive and recognized artist does not cancel out child molestation.

    I’m a proud liberal American and I do not watch fox.

  43. Firestarter says:


    What is to feel sorry for?

  44. Kelly says:

    The only thing that digusts me more than him is his now grown up former victim. She was paid off by him years ago in a civil suit and now defends him and thinks it’s all in the past. Has she introduced him to her young daughters yet?

  45. Kathie says:

    lio Sex with an underage person in the US is considered rape since we hold that an underage person is incapable of giving their consent to a sexual act. Therefore if you are pleading guilty to sex with an underage person it is also statutory rape. On the subject of RP as we say in my part of the country I hope they throw him in jail so hard it knocks the back of the jail out and they get him for property damage too!

  46. Jennifer says:

    I’d be depressed too if I had no soul, no remorse, no forgiveness, locked in a jail cell awaiting my fate at the end of my life. Sex with a minor is RAPE whether it’s consensual or not. He ran from his punishment and now he’s SCREWED! And those hollywood freaks that support him have no soul either. Look in the mirror Roman, you’re the only one in it…no one else to blame!!!

  47. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Firestarter and the rest of Minx’s the would be jury: Back the f*** off or I’ll notify the moderator. Site your legal credentials that determine that your OPINION is somehow more valid than Minx’s because right now it’s ONLY an opinion and she/he is entitled to it.

  48. gorbula says:

    I’ve seen interviews with the aforementioned 13 year old. she said she knew exactly what she was doing, and it wasn’t the first time she had had sex. the young kinski girl also had no problem with him. young girls liked him mutually. he was probably way nicer to them than, say a jockish, hormonally unsound boy of 15 who can’t even kiss right. this man has made incredible contributions to film , and has enriched the lives of many people through his work. have some compassion. the love of his life was brutally murdered, and their baby was cut out from her womb and hung from the ceiling in his living room. how could he go back to being a family man after that, and especially when women his age only wanted his money and a film role.

  49. Firestarter says:

    H.Grex- Notify the moderator! How many times have I been attacked on this site for an “opinion” and rather rudely so I might add!

    Why single me out? I wasn’t the first to comment and you needn’t call me out. What did I say that was so much worse than anyone else who replied to Minx’s post?

    I did not say anything that would be remotely close to needing to be banned, by you or the moderator.

  50. drakeula says:

    i’m with gorbula on this one all the way!

  51. Diwali6 says:

    Hieronymus Grex: Firestarter and the rest of them are ALSO entitled to their opinions! Who are you to tell anyone otherwise?

    “Back the f*** off or I’ll notify the moderator” – lol, are you for real? I think the bell rang. Your late for Chem!

  52. Popcorny says:

    If anyone should be “backing the F*** off” it’s “minx”, “gorbula” and “drakeula” -from any and all children.
    Sickening, sick and dangerous attitudes/mindsets.

  53. Nicole says:

    In HBO’s doc on RP, Wanted and Desired, there’s a clip of him telling an interviewer that “she (the victim) knew what she was doing.” That is, in fact, a very common excuse for pedophiles. “She came on to me, it wasn’t her first time, she was a pro….” There is no justification for a 40 something year old man to have sex with a 13 yr old CHILD. You’re the adult, you’re supposed to know better. That said, I don’t want him to suffer horribly. I simply want justice done.

  54. queenie says:

    Why on earth would ANY woman marry this creep knowing he raped a thirteen year old girl?

    Oh and, as to this young girl “knowing exactly what she was doing”:

    a)this is in direct contradiction to her sworn testimony–so did a 13 year old commit purjury?
    b)how many of you “mothers” would like your 13-year-old daughters drugged and raped by a 40-year-old man?
    c)just because she may have had sex before doesn’t mean that she cannot be raped (what sort of sick logic is this anyway?)
    d)if any of you know anything about brain development at all…a human brain is not fully developed until about age 25–the frontal lobes in particular (the area where we make rational decisions and are able to weigh consequences as well as using foresight) are not fully developed until around age 25—ergo a thirteen- year-old child DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CONSCENT TO WHAT THEY ARE DOING BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS!!
    Anyone condoning or excusing this is as sick as the pedophile himself!

    As a final point, pedophiles and child rapists are considered to be so low that even the worst offenders in the prison population will “off” them when they find out about their crime.

  55. crash2GO2 says:

    Hieronymus Grex, are you for real? LOL! Do you have anything to add to the discussion, or are you just a self appointed playground monitor?

    I new it would only be a matter of time until we started hearing how poorly Polanski was feeling about his time behind bars. If this was meant to ring our sympathy bells, it didn’t work.

  56. Shadow says:

    To Gorbula and Drakeula, I really wish you would look into the case before commenting, the 13 year old, according to court documents and police reports, said she begged him to stop, but stopped struggling after a bit. She claimed that she did not know what else to do and no one was around to help. Personally, I think she stopped because he DRUGGED her.

    As for that crap, Roman is nicer than some “jockish, hormonally unsound boy”, is that why he DRUGGED her? and you do know he SODOMIZED her, you do understand what that means right? Yes, I am sure a 13 year old would enjoy some man doing that to her than some “boy” who is inexperienced but she liked and who would not drug her and would stop if asked. I know, it must sound crazy, I mean he probably would not even think about sodomizing her until he was 20 or something, the horror.

    Finally, to Kelly, yes she was “paid” when her parents sued Roman, but I doubt that is why she forgave him and wants this to be over. She was raped, then raped again in the media, then never got true justice because Roman ran away when the judge thought the plea bargain was too lenient, also as she was trying to move on, you would get pictures of Roman enjoying his life, and people saying what a wonderful director he is etc, which no doubt made it that much harder for her to move on. Yet she found the strength to move on, and now after all this time, she is back in the spotlight, so yes I am sure she would say and do anything for this to be over as soon as possible because this must be ripping her old wounds open again.

    As for my opinion, No Sympathy for a “man” who would DRUG, RAPE and SODOMIZE a little girl.

  57. Lantana says:

    Wow. There are so many layers to these comments it’s impossible to sort it out. It seems to be a combination of personal reactions, personal opinions, anti-American sentiment, conservative v liberal…actually some of you will jump on that label alone as moral superiority certainly rises above being “conservative” or “liberal”. If you believe that look at the party platforms. America legislates morality. This is a microcosm of why issues are so problematic for large groups. There is no one cause, no one remedy, no consensus. It appears rather hopeless, doesn’t it?

  58. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “he was probably way nicer to them than, say a jockish, hormonally unsound boy of 15 who can’t even kiss right. this man has made incredible contributions to film , and has enriched the lives of many people through his work. have some compassion. the love of his life was brutally murdered, and their baby was cut out from her womb and hung from the ceiling in his living room. how could he go back to being a family man after that, and especially when women his age only wanted his money and a film role.”

    yeah, and he’s also a pedophile and a rapist who drugged a 13 year old girl. NONE of the things you mention absolve him of this last thing.

    also, to “meh” at #40, THANK YOU for posting that link. That disgusts me, and I hope the mainstream media picks that story up.

  59. Mel says:

    Hey Minx, is it only Americans you hate? Just wondering….

  60. Tess says:

    So sorry the American jury pool hasn’t yet reached your “enlightened” state.

    Well, we can all aspire.

    Think of it. Imagine a world unfettered by outdated precepts like morality.

  61. Mel says:

    And while we’re introducing moraiity to the “entightned” states of Europe, let’s also familiarize them with soap, shampoo and toothpaste….

  62. ! says:

    “Hieronymus Grex, are you for real? LOL! Do you have anything to add to the discussion, or are you just a self appointed playground monitor?”

    Word. Do child rapists really need sympathizers and should we entertain that at all here? NO

  63. Fat Elvis says:

    !: Spot on, thank you.

  64. Squirtle says:

    Yikes! Very heated debate, I think the majority can agree that what Polanski did was wrong and he should serve his time just like everyone else who is found guilty of a crime. What difference does it make how old he is? Who he is? When the crime took place? In the U.S.A. justice is blind to status, age, race, just like it should be!