I’ll be seeing you in ten days. What will happen then? What should I do?
You signed a petition and started a thousand little fires in my heart and mind. It’s so hard that I can’t talk to you. Did you read the testimony? I don’t think you did.
I went to my gallery yesterday and the owner demonstrated how Roman would have told you about his past. It was very convincing. I even felt myself not minding so much myself. But then of course I remembered the testimony. I’ve a friend on here that is pro-Polanski, at least he was when I first started talking to him. Our conversation cut off halfway, but I could see him struggling with the truth once he read the testimony. He was desperate to find a loophole. No one wants to believe someone we love and respect could do something so wrong.
I’m facing that now with you, but it’s far foggier. You haven’t actually done anything more than sign a petition. In the very best you signed out of compassion, in the very worst you signed because you feel Roman was well within his right to rape a child. I…well I can barely imagine it’s that. But you did sign it, and there’s little doubt you knew some vague form of why he’s in jail in the first place.
If only I knew how well.
If I gave you the testimony, would you take your name off the list?
I’m not asking you to hate him. Hate, condemnation and abandonment are against my beliefs. You can feel sorry for him. There’s much to feel sorry for. But there is much that shouldn’t be excused. You do him no favours by letting him go.
Luc Besson, a prominent French film director and producer, was not on the list, though he describes himself as a Polanski friend.
“This is a man who I love a lot and know a little bit,” Mr. Besson said in a radio interview with RTL Soir. “Our daughters are good friends. But there is one justice, and that should be the same for everyone. I will let justice happen.” He added, , “I don’t have any opinion on this, but I have a daughter, 13 years old. And if she was violated, nothing would be the same, even 30 years later.”
But this letter won’t get to you either. I have ten days to figure out what I want to do…