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POLANSKI – A “ clumsy sentence “. A week after its controversial release on the rape charges against her husbanddirector Roman Polanski, Emmanuelle Seigner returned to her remarks Saturday October 22. Guest on the show “ What an era! » by Léa Salamé on France 2, the 56-year-old actress apologized and assured that she had chosen her words badly when she said that her husband ” didn’t need to rape “.
“It was a clumsy sentence, I expressed myself badly, I apologize”she told the reporter. “What I meant was that when I met him in 1985, he was extremely courted by a lot of women, a lot of young girls, and for me, it wasn’t always fun.she continued. That’s what I meant, actually. I misspoke “.
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In a relationship since 1985 with Roman Polanski (now 89) with whom she had two children, Emmanuelle Seignerguest on October 16 on TF1 in the show seven to eightsaid of the charges against her husband:
“Me when I met my husband, all the women wanted to sleep with him, all the young girls wanted to sleep with him, it was crazy, it was crazy. He was 52 years old, he looked like he was 30, he was a great director, so he was very attractive and I think he didn’t need to rape anyone”.
Bouncing on the apology of the actress, Léa Salamé wanted to put things in their context: “We’re not talking about a seducer, but we’re talking about accusations of rape and sexual assault, and so to say ‘my husband, all the women wanted to sleep with him, that’s why it’s not a rapist’, we know very well that this is not an argument”. “ Sure “, agreed Emmanuelle Seigner.
“It was a very permissive time”
Since the end of the 1970s, accusations of sexual abuse have regularly caught up with the life of the director, who won three Oscars and a Palme d’Or at Cannes. Despite numerous procedural disputes, he is still the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the United States and has found himself, on several occasions, under threat of extradition.
The first accusation against him dates back to 1977, when he was accused of drugging and raping Samantha Gailey, 13 at the time, in Los Angeles. Sentenced, he will spend 42 days in prison before leaving the United States when a judge seemed on the point of going back on the agreement, to sentence him to several years in prison.
“Thirteen is young of course, but it was a very permissive time. She was three weeks away from her fourteenth birthday., argued Emmanuelle Seigner on October 16 when journalist Audrey Crespo-Mara reminded her of these facts. ” The relationship to age has also changed a lot. At the time, we praised the lolita, we celebrated it. So me, having started my modeling career at 14, it was not a story that shocked me. »
Several other women accuse Roman Polanski of rape, but these charges are now all time-barred and were challenged by Roman Polanski in an interview with Paris Match in December 2019: for years, they have been trying to make a monster out of me”he was indignant then.
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Emmanuelle Seigner pleads “clumsiness” after her remarks on the rape charges against Polanski