Woody Allen Defends Roman Polanksi After New Rape Allegations

Does Woody Allen read the news?

Apparently not, because the director has come out to restate his support for director Roman Polanski just days after a British actress came forward with new allegations that Roman raped and sexually abused her when she was 16-years-old.

Woody, who is no stranger to raising eyebrows with his taste for much younger women, told reporters at Cannes that Roman has “paid his dues” for his drugging and raping of a 13-year-old girl in the ’70s.

Roman made a plea bargain with prosecutors in his 1978 case and plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

However, before he could be given his sentence, Roman fled the United States and has gone into self-imposed exile. He is currently under house arrest at his estate in Switzerland while he awaits word from the Swiss authorities if they will extradite him to the United States for the crimes he committed.

Meanwhile, Woody says that Roman is “a nice person” and “an artist” (as if his status as an artist should put him above the law) and said that Roman “did something wrong and he paid for it.”

Apparently, Roman’s penance didn’t stick too well since, as the newest victim alleges, he was molesting and sexually abusing girls several years after he fled the United States.

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