Quentin Tarantino has been exposed for defending Roman Polanski in a 2003 interview which has now been published by Variety.
Recall that Polanski was arrested in 1977 and was charged for five offenses including rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. He pleaded guilty but then fled the country and hasn’t returned to the United States ever since.
And so, in the 2003 inteview which has only resurfaced, Tarantino said, “[Polanski] didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word ‘rape,’ you’re talking about violent, throwing them down; it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor.”
The Howard Stern Show” co-host Robin Quivers interrupted him, saying that the sex was not consensual. But Tarantino insisted.
“No, that was not the case at all. She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” he said.
“She was 13!” Quivers said.
Tarantino continued to assertively defend Polanski. “And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, we’re not talking about the morals in Europe and everything.”
“Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong,” Howard Stern interjected.
And Tarantino replied, saying, “Look, she was down with this. … She’s talked about it since, ‘No, he didn’t really do anything to me. It was a technicality for being 13.’”
And so, it went on and on, although the filmmaker admitted he would beat Polanski if he slept with his own daughter. Meaning, the rape of a child is okay to Tarantino, so long as the victim isn’t his child.
Listen to the interview here.