in response to his piece in The Telegraph, “Roman Polanski: fugitive director admits rape woman ‘double victim’

Dear Mr. Hough,

In your article, you refer to Polanski’s drugging and raping a minor as “child sex.”   I understand the need for non-repetitive references, but there is a greater need for accuracy.  “Child sex” refers to sexual experimentation between children, not the sexual assault of a minor by a man old enough to be her father.

Please also keep in mind that Polanski admitted, unpressed, that he drugged, raped, and sodomized a child, knowing she was of middle-school age, and did so at the time of his arrest.  We’ve known he is an admitted rapist for many, many years.  A more interesting story might be about the people, especially celebrities, who have defended him staunchly.  Some of them were misled by the false (now disproved) accusation of judicial misconduct.  Some have the Gallic attitude about rape, and think what he did is no big deal.  Some think that because the child was not a virgin, and because her mother pimped her out, that her repeatedly saying “no” (before she was drugged) makes it okay.  Some are moved by the tragedies in Polanski’s past, or by his great talent as a director, to excuse his excesses.

I would really like to know if it was escaping the Nazis, being married to Sharon Tate, or making Chinatown that gave him a free pass to drug a child, sodomize her, rape her, and then flee justice and act the wounded victim all these years.  Was any one of those things sufficient, or would two have done it?  Or did he have to hit that Trifecta before the world cooed over a rapist?  Kate Winslet being so delighted to work with him, so awed to be in his presence, colors my image of her.  I would really like to see an interview that asks her how she justifies working with him, and lauding him, knowing what we know, what the world knows.

But if you do write about Polanski again, or others of his ilk, please remember:  he was convicted of rape, and confessed to rape.  He may be referred to as a “convicted rapist” or a “confessed rapist.”  But “child sex” is two kiddies playing doctor under the stairs.  If you don’t know the difference, you shouldn’t be writing for the news.

 Thank you for your attention to this matter.