Michael Deacon unearthed Polanski comments about the crime he committed:
Polanski told Martin Amis:
“If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!”
When the controversy dies down, the Swiss will probably let him go quietly. And Polanski will make the circle of fashionable dinner parties in Europe, and probably get invited to the Élysée. He and his hosts will exchange reminiscences of the pleasures they had with young teenagers, and lament how barbaric and vengeful Americans are. Perhaps Bishop Lahey can be invited to say grace.