The recent arrest of Roman Polanski has met with a great dela of criticism amongst the film community but what are the real issues here.

He was charged in a duly constituted court and the result was I believe a plea bargain. Certainly, if he has concerns regarding the court case they should be considered. But instead he fled the coutry never to return.  It is not as if the allegations are not serious. Supplying drugs and alcohol to a 13 YO and having sex with her are hardly things that can be ignored.

Being a great film maker does not exempt one from the application of justice.