Natalie Portman said she regrets signing a petition in 2009 asking for the release of the controversial film director Roman Polanski.
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman said that she “very much” regrets the signing of a petition in 2009 calling for the release of the controversial film director Roman Polanski from a Swiss jail.
Portman told BuzzFeed in an interview Tuesday that she signed the form at the moment and takes responsibility for not thinking about it enough.”
“I very much regret it. I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough. Someone I respected gave it to me and said, ” I signed. You also want to?’ And I was so sure of. It was a mistake,” Portman told BuzzFeed.
“What I feel that I got from the empathy towards people who have made mistakes,” she continued. “We lived in a different world, and that no excuse, nothing. But you can keep your eyes open and completely change the way you want to live. My eyes were not open.”
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The form of the so-called for Polanski to be released from a Zurich jail to prevent the extradition of the US. the “Chinatown” director fled the U.S. to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for drugging, raping and sodomizing when 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
Polanski, 84, continues to prevent the extradition to the US. He was imprisoned in Switzerland by the command of the united states, but later released. He can now only live freely in France and Poland to prevent the extradition.
A few other women have also claimed Polanski sexually abused when they were teenagers, including Renate Langer, Charlotte Lewis and a woman who wished to only be identified as Robin.
Other high-profile people who signed the petition are Woody Allen, the now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese, according to Indie Wire.
Portman, 36, who is a big advocate for the Time’s Up movement, also spoke about All who have come under the microscope due to his past alleged indiscretions. Allen was accused by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, sexual abuse of her when she was 7 years old. Allen denies the allegations.
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Farrow spoke earlier this year about the alleged incident that led to a growing number of parties distance themselves from the once-respected director.
Many actors have distanced themselves from director Woody Allen.
When you are prompted to “time can be for All,” Portman said that it is not the time to “talk about what the man’s career is over.”
“I don’t think that is what the conversation is about. I think it should go on: Why not Elaine May to make a movie per year? Why not have Nora Ephron make a movie per year? Where is the female version of Bill Cosby? Why do we not see an Asian women in movies? There is so much art that is lost by not giving opportunities to women and people of color. Let’s not talk about what the man’s career is over,” the “Destruction,” star said. “Let’s talk about the great art treasure we have lost by not giving women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community possibilities — let’s talk about that loss for all of us in art. Let’s talk about that huge hole in our culture. I don’t want to talk about ‘Is it not sad that this person who 500 movies can’t movies?” That is not for me to decide. And that is also not what I’m angry about it.”