“Making Polanski president is a snub to rape and sexual assault victims. Some people say that he is a great film-maker, that everything is relative. “The quality of his work counts for nothing when confronted with the crime he committed, his escape from justice and his refusal to face up to his responsibilities,” she added. Polanski, who was 43 at the time, was accused of drugging the girl before having sex with her. ‘It was 40 years ago’ He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, or statutory rape, as part of a plea bargain under which he served 42 days in detention while undergoing psychiatric evaluation. But in 1978, convinced that a judge was going to scrap the deal and hand him a hefty prison sentence, Polanski fled to France.