'Roman did not commit rape-rape'

WHOOPI Goldberg has defended Roman Polanski, saying he did not commit "rape-rape".

WHOOPI Goldberg has defended Roman Polanski, saying he did not commit "rape-rape".

The Rosemary's Baby film-maker was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday and faces being extradited to the US after he fled the country in 1978. He was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl and believed a judge would renege on a plea bargain deal and hand him a considerable jail term.

Goldberg has now caused controversy by suggesting Polanski's offence - which took place in 1977 - was not as serious as the court deemed it. She said on US TV talk show The View: "It was something else but I don't believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and when they let him out he was like, 'This guy's going to give me 100 years. I'm not staying.' We're a different kind of society, we see things differently. Would I want my 14-year-old having sex? Not necessarily, no."

Goldberg's co-host on the show, Sherri Shepherd, disagreed with the star's reasoning over Polanski's attack on Samantha Gailey - now known as Samantha Geimer.

Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen are among a group of people in the film industry who have signed a petition objecting to his arrest. The director's lawyers have made a legal petition asking the Swiss criminal court to release him from custody and block his extradition to the US. - Bang

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