Brett Ratner didn’t mean to diss California’s legal system—as he tells us himself.
On Sept. 29, the New York Post ran a story about Movie Geeks United‘s interview with the Rush Hour director.
That interview, which will be featured in The Geeks’ Oct. 4 Roman Polanski special, was conducted by host Jamey DuVall on Sept. 26, just hours before Roman’s arrest in Switzerland in the 31-year-old Samantha Geimer case.
News from the interview included the fact that Brett announced he’s producing a sequel to Marina Zenovich‘s 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which examined the Geimer case in painstaking detail. Also that Roman, who (apart from archival footage) did not appear in the first project, had “agreed to participate” in the sequel.
Citing verbatim from a tape of his interview, The Post included the following quotes from Brett:
“The family has forgiven [Polanski]. The victim has forgiven him. The rest of the world has forgiven him… The L.A. judicial system is corrupt. It’s horrible.”
The Post also attempted to reach Brett, but reported that “Ratner did not respond to repeated requests for comment via his publicist.”
Then yesterday, Brett issued the following statement to BlogTalkRadio:
“I wish to clarify my previous comments on the Polanski matter so there is no misunderstanding as to what I meant.
“When Roman pled guilty in 1978, the prosecution, the judge, and the defendant all agreed to the sentence. But after he entered his plea, Roman learned that the judge did not intend to honor the previously-negotiated deal that triggered his plea.
“This is what I was referring to when I recently said the judicial system seemed ‘corrupt’ in this case. It was not my intention to discredit the present California legal system or the District Attorney’s office.”
To tune into The Movie Geeks’ Director Series: Roman Polanski, click here.
To read the New York Post‘s coverage of Brett’s interview, click here.