Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Terry Gilliam, Many More Sign Petition to Free Roman Polanski
Over 110 top Hollywood figures are now in protest of director Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland Saturday, as evidenced by an online petition.
French film organization SACD
launched the petition two days after news sources announced Polanski's
arrest. Names of U.S. directors Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and David
Lynch now join that of Pedro Almodovar, Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam
and Gael Garcia Bernal. "If only in the name of this friendship
between our two countries, we demand the immediate release of Roman
Polanski," the petition says on behalf of the undersigned.
Polanski, the mind behind Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, had arrived in Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival. As previously reported, Swiss police arrested him at Zurich's Kloten Airport while acting on an 31-year-old outstanding arrest warrant. The crime: drugging, raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson's Mulholland Drive residence.
"Film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and safely, even when certain States opposed this," the petition says. "The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance, undermines this tradition."
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