A new allegation against Roman Polanski. An allegation is not a conviction, but he’s behaving true to form. He has not expressed any remorse and has his publicists and hangers-on telling the world how victimized he is. I’m sure he believes it. He has other history with underage girls, so it remains to be seen what will come to light.

I really hope that he stays in Europe. California has better uses for its tax dollars than staging a star-studded production of Terminator vs Predator. This drama has gone on too long and lacks originality.

What should we do to protect our children? Should we teach disobedience? Maybe we should. Will that lesson follow them, and make them disobedient adults? Would that be such a bad thing?

A MAN OF GOOD CHARACTER: Woody Allen vouches for Roman Polanski. That should help.

PLAIN TALK: John Shore let’s Roman and Woody have it— I appreciate he mentions that Polanski agreed to a settlement with his victim for the real injury and financial harm he caused her and then never paid it. There’s also some selective memory in the press of how old Soon Yi Previn actually was when Woody Allen started getting physical with her.

Terminator vs Predator

I’m wondering now, if Roman Polanski is extradited back to the USA will he face charges in California, the state he fled thirty years ago?

That would be fascinating to watch. He might appeal to Governor Schwarzenegger to grant clemency. The Arnold is a film guy. He fought allegations during his campaign of a pattern of sexual bullying and a relationship with an underage girl. They called him the Gropinator. But he’s a Republican now–zero tolerance, tough on crime. I imagine he would welcome the arrival of Roman Polanski in his state about as much as he would a shipment of toxic waste.

California has more prisoners than it can feed, and there’s nothing the Governor could do with the Polanski case that wouldn’t offend some constituency. There’s sure to be Total Recall of Schwarzenegger’s own past if he tries to get righteous, and allegations of favoritism if he doesn’t throw the book.

Polanski, on his part, will be arriving on another planet. When he left California women were chicks and men were playboys. It was easy for him to write a script where he was the victim of a conniving nymphet, just doing what any guy would do given the opportunity. Now he’s hearing words not fit to print in the 70’s, such as ‘drug-facilitated rape of a child’.

The film industry, like a priesthood, is rallying behind its own. Dear old Father Macgillicuddy, he was always so good to me. And anyway, he’s old. Too bad for Polanski that this role has already been played by scores of clergy, and juries found it hackneyed and contrived.

If the state of California does show Terminator vs Predator, be prepared for astounding transformations and amazing twists of logic, scandalous exposure of hypocrisy and enough blame to go around.