The Rule of Thumb is: Celebrities get a pass on two murders and two rapes, no questions asked.
Roman Polanski, the “Chinatown” filmmaker who confessed in 1977 to drugging a 13-year-old girl and raping her in Jack Nicholson’s home, now will put the rule to the test.
Polanski left the United States in 1978 before he could be sentenced and has lived lavishly and made movies (“Tess,” “The Pianist”) ever since. But over the weekend, Swiss authorities arrested him in Zurich and may soon extradite him to California to face justice.
Forget it? It’s interesting to hear the voices coming to Polanski’s defense. He hasn’t raped children since 1977, they say. He hasn’t murdered anyone. In other words, they know the Rule of Thumb.
But if Polanski had drugged and raped their 13-year-old daughter, would they say forget it? Would they take the “Celebrity Card” and call it justice done?
Update: Gaddafi wants to abolish Switzerland. He’s a secret fan of “The Pianist”? Or did he once play the Celebrity Card in Geneva?