Arnold Schwarzenegger Says, “No Pardon for Polanski”

Celebuzz | October 2, 2009 - 8:01 am

Now here’s one show-bizzer who’s not willing to make excuses for Roman Polanski.

People magazine reports that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has the power to grant clemency to Polanski should he be extradited to California for his child-rape case, says he would not issue a pardon to the Rosemary’s Baby director.

While being interviewed on CNN’s The Situation Room, Schwarzenegger noted,

“It doesn’t matter if you are a big-time movie actor or a big-time movie director or producer. I think that he is a very respected person, and I am a big admirer of his work. But nevertheless, I think he should be treated like everyone else…One should look into all of the allegations, not only his allegations but the allegations about his case. Was there something done wrong? You know, was injustice done in the case?”

Polanksi, who fled the country after being convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a then-13-year-old girl in the 1970s, was arrested on a warrant last month when trying to enter Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.

Let us know in the comments section: Do you agree with Schwarzenegger’s approach to the matter?