Brett Ratner Clarifies ‘Corrupt’ Remarks in Roman Polanksi Case

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.

Brett: No harm done.

Brett: No offense to La-La Land.

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.

5 thoughts on “Brett Ratner Clarifies ‘Corrupt’ Remarks in Roman Polanksi Case

  1. Marilyn

    Mr. Ratner bases his “facts” about the case on a biased documentary, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.” I find these claims about the prosecutor’s office highly dubious. What plea bargain for the “unlawful sexual intercourse” (aka, statutory rape, which is hard to imagine between a 13 year old and a 43 year old) could possibly be time served at 40-some days? That’s ridiculous on its face.

  2. David b

    This is what happens when people that think the world of themselves open their mouth before they have a chance to see what public sentiment is.

    Unfortunatly for all these “artists” that have come out trying to excuse Polanski, they are finding out how good or bad their own foot tastes. To bad for them most people are smart enough to understand that what slipped from the star’s mouth condemn them to the facts of what they truely believe.

  3. Thom

    Hollywood supported with a standing ovation the child molester at an Oscars show a few years back. At least they are consistent, they still support drugging and having sex with minors. What were Whoopi’s words, it wasn’t ‘rape rape.’ Way to go, Hollywood, you have descended to the lowest, child molesting supporters. If Whoopi has any children or grandchildren I hope there is someone with some morals that will look out for them.

  4. eslaporte

    This case goes beyond Roman Polanski. The Polanski case is not about justice, nor public safety – but to feather the political net of one Steven Cooley, the LADA. The use of a prosecutor’s office for political gains should bring to mind the Duke Lacrosse rape case, where Mike Nifong wanted to ruin the lives of several young men for political gains.

    The use of a prosecutor’s office in this fashion by Mr. Cooley should fright us- it places us all at risk, but what the government of Switzerland is actually doing by honoring the extradition request is to give credibility and legitimacy to an American prosecutor’s use of his office to advance political gains. In other instances people are granted political asylum for being the victim of a politically oriented, prosecutor’s actions, but the actions of the Swiss government actually makes us all less safe now, right here in America!


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