Whoopi Goldberg stepped in it Monday on The View, when she defended Roman Polanski, saying that "it wasn't 'rape' rape" when he plied 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Geimer) with drugs and alcohol during a photo shoot at the home of actor Jack Nicholson, and performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her.
The 76-year-old director was apprehended in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, in response to a 31-year-old United States arrest warrant.
Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles in 1977, and charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance (methaqualone) to a minor. He plead guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and was sent to a medical prison facility for psychiatric evaluation. After 42 days he was released, and fled to France prior to sentencing.
While in Europe, Polanski continued to direct films, careful not to travel to countries likely to extradite him. He was arrested on Friday at the Zurich Airport upon arrival to Switzerland to pick up a lifetime achievement "Golden Icon Award" from the Zurich Film Festival.
On Monday, Whoopi defended Polanski, saying "I know it wasn't 'rape' rape. I think it was something else, but I don't believe it was 'rape' rape."
Right Whoopi, it was CHILD rape.
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