At a press conference on Friday, British actress Charlotte Lewis revealed that she had been raped by director Roman Polanski at the age of 16. Rape apologists have already made much of the fact that the age of consent in France is 15 – conveniently ignoring the fact that Lewis says Polanski forced himself on her.
From The Wrap:
Lewis said she came forward because she heard Polanski was fighting extradition to the U.S., where he’s supposed to face sentencing in the 1977 case involving a 13-year-old girl. She said, “His legal team is portraying his previous offense against a minor as an isolated incident.
“In addition to the fact that both myself and his previous victim were underage, I believe that there are other similarities in the crimes that he committed,” Lewis said.
Kudos to Lewis for her courage. Hopefully she will inspire other rape victims to come forward, and make the entertainment community think twice about their fawning support of a child rapist.