Polanski’s victim, now a middle-aged woman, has publicly asked that the courts “turn the page” on the matter. If he had been sentenced and served whatever time was required, the matter would have been put behind all parties several decades ago. As it is, justice has been delayed for 43 years and, as the saying goes, “justice delayed is justice denied.”
Why did Polanski do it in the first place? For the same reason Eliot Spitzer patronized call girls, Mark Sanford carried on an affair with a Buenos Aires mistress and John Edwards sired a child with a campaign videographer: hubris, ego, self-importance, a sense of complete entitlement. Fame had made their heads swell to the point where they believed they were immunized from society’s norms. As has been shown many times, however, whenever a famous person decides that the rules to not apply to him, reality is always just around the corner.