The recent horrific allegations that McKenzie Phillips made about her rock star father having a sexual relationship with her when she was younger and now the arrest of film director Roman Polanski in Zurich where he may be extradited back to the US to face charges for having sex with a 13 year old girl at the time back in 1977 is testimony to what happens when drug takes over one’s life and all moral boundaries fly out the window.
MacKenzie said in her Oprah interview that she forgave her father just as the now 45 year old woman Samantha Geimer who long ago identified herself publically forgave Polanski for what he did to her 30 years ago. But there is no doubt that psychological damage from these misguided acts tormented these two women their entire lives. We certainly saw evidence of this with MacKenzie Phillip with yet another drug bust under her belt a year ago and her countless stints in rehab. And we have also seen how the repercussions of Polanski’s act affected Smantha Geimer who wants the case dropped against Roman Polnski so that she and her family can finally get on with her life.
There is no doubt that Roman Polanski had many psychological issues due to the repercussions of his parents being killed in a concentration camp and he courageously escaping the Holocaust having o fend for himself as a young boy. The Manson family murder of his then 8 month pregnant wife Sharon Tate in 1974 didn’t help either. There is no doubt that Polanski went of the psychological deep end three years later in 1977 when he plied a young girl with a part of a Quaalude ( a popular recreational drug during the 70’s) which he most likely took as well and then had sex with her. He plead guilty to one of the charges against him and was sent to prison for 42 days of evaluation which lawyers agreed would be his full sentence. Unfortunately the now deceased judge tried to renege on the plea bargain so Polanski fled to France where he remained productive in the film world, accomplishing film masterpieces like the Oscar winning film “The Pianist: in 2002 that have subsequently enriched and enlightened the world. He has been married to French singer and actress Emanulle Seigner since 1989 and has two children and has lived a productive life.
While his act of having sex with a minor 30 years ago was wrong, I think it is even more wrong to
reawaken case by bringing him back to the US and retrying him for statutory rape. He made amends
with his victim as she won a large sum of money in a civil suit against him. She has made peace with the
situation. She has moved on and has even been one of the biggest supporters in terms of dropping the
criminal case against Polanski. In fact reportedly told the court in a written statement:
“If Polanski cannot stand before the court to make this request, I, as the victim, can and I, as the victim do. I have urged that this matter come to a formal legal end. I have urged that the district attorney and the court dismiss these charges. She also says how continual discussion of the details of her case decades later by prosecutors “causes harm to her, to her husband and children.”
For the sake of this woman’s mental health who has been victimized enough, I fully agree with her ithat this case against Polanski needs to be dropped. But what never needs to be dropped is the awareness of how all proper judgment is thrown out the window enabling egregious behaviors like having sex with one’s child or having sex with an underage child to occur when there is the lethal combination of a. self entitlement, b. no boundaries, and c. drugs.
The Free Love Decade of the 70’s shows us that there was defiantly no such thing as “Free Love”. AS we have just seen, Love always has boundaries especially when family members or young children are involved.