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Celebrities Accused/Convicted of Statutory Rape
From (http://www.spiritone.com/~law/celeb_statutory.html)

Woody Allen - In the book, "What Falls Away," Mia Farrow described her shock at first discovering
Allen had taken pornographic photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn and then that he was
having an affair with the 17-year-old. (Allen and Soon-Yi were married in late 1997.)

Sonny Bono - Singer-politician. In 1963, 28-year-old Bono met, and married, 16-year-old Cherilyn La
Pierre, better known as Cher.

Chuck Berry - In 1961, the great songwriter was convicted in St. Louis of transporting a 14-year-old
girl across a state line. He ended up in jail for a year-and-a-half.

Joey Buttafuoco - 1993 Nov 15, A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in
jail for the statutory rape of 16-year-old Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary
Jo.

Sergei Federov - Red Wings star with 16-year-old sweetheart, tennis player Anna Kournikova.

Errol Flynn - Film star in of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Was acquitted for statutory rape charges involving
two teenage girls in 1942, but the scandal only increased his popularity. "In like Flynn" became the
phrase young men used when their chances of scoring a babe (and getting away with it) were high.

Kelsey Grammer - star of the Emmy-winning comedy "Frasier." In 1995, authorities in Arizona decided
not to prosecute Grammer for statutory rape, and a New Jersey grand jury declined to indict him on the
same charge. Both accusations were made by the same 17-year-old girl.

Don Johnson - At fourteen, Melanie Griffith left home to move in with the actor who was then
twenty-two. Johnson has never voiced any concern about the wisdom of having an affair with such a
young girl. In fact, Johnson claims that Melanie was the aggressor in the relationship. " She pursued
me", he told Entertainment Weekly.

Michael Kennedy - Bobby Kennedy's son, recently exposed for statutorily raping his children's
underage baby-sitter, and then attempting to destroy her when word got out.

Jerry Lee Lewis - In 1958, it came out that piano madman Jerry Lee Lewis had married his 14-year-old
cousin, Myra Brown. Even though there were wedding bands involved, the revelation virtually
destroyed Lewis' young career.

Rob Lowe - TV and film star. Former brat packer. Back in 1988, during the Democratic National
Convention in Atlanta, Lowe taped himself in compromising positions with a 16-year-old girl and a
young woman. Lowe agreed to perform 20 hours of community service to avoid criminal charges.

Roman Polanski - The director fled the country in 1979 rather than face sentencing for the statutory
rape of a 13-year-old girl. The Polish auteur went to a more understanding Europe, where he promptly
established a relationship with the then 15-year-old Nastassja Kinski. Polanski can't return to the
States for fear of arrest.

Polanski may return to face sex charges: 
FROM (http://mrshowbiz.go.com/archive/news/Todays_Stories/971002/polanski101.html)
Roman Polanski May Return To Face Sex Crime Charges

After a twenty-year exile from the United States because of a conviction
for having sex with a minor, director Roman Polanski (Chinatown) may
finally end his fugitive status and return to the U.S. to face sentencing for his
crime. Los Angeles news station KTLA reports that Polanski has made a
deal with the Los Angeles district attorney's office wherein he would not go
to jail for having engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with a
thirteen-year-old girl. The Los Angeles district attorney denies that a deal
has been brokered, but court records show that Polanski's attorney has met
twice with the D.A. and an L.A. Superior Court judge in the last year,
seeking to find a safe way for his client to come back to the States.

Polanski was arrested in 1977 at the home of Jack Nicholson* and charged
with six felony counts, including rape, after he had sex with a
thirteen-year-old girl. The director pled guilty to having sex with a minor,
but fled to France before his sentencing was to take place. Interestingly, the
girl he had sex with--now a thirty-four-year-old mother living in
Hawaii--says she thinks Polanski should be able to return. "I have no
objections to his return to the U.S., if that is the case," she told KTLA. "I'm
glad that he's worked out his legal problems." Polanski has lived in Paris for
the past twenty years.

*who by the way was the star of "Carnal Knowledge"


Polanski Victim Reveals Herself
by Joal Ryan and Marcus Errico Nov 3, 1997, 1:30 PM PT
FROM:  (http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,2029,00.html)

Samantha Geimer--who, as a 13-year-old girl, was seduced by Roman Polanski--is going public for the first time in 20
years. She says she has no problem with the director's possible return to the U.S.

Now a married mother of three, Geimer, 34, reveals her identity in an Inside Edition interview airing tonight and
tomorrow. (Although she has discussed the incident with reporters in the past, she has never allowed herself to be
photographed or her name to be used.)

Since 1978, Polanski, the then-42-year-old French-born filmmaker of Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, has lived the
fugitive lifestyle. That's when he took the adolescent Geimer to Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home (while the actor
was away)--plying the adolescent with Quaaludes and champagne, and then having sex with her. He fled to Paris
shortly after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Five other felony counts were
dropped.

Polanski's lawyers have begun negotiating with Los Angeles prosecutors to allow the now-64-year-old director back
into the States without serving jail time.

Geimer, who lives with her family in Hawaii, says it's fine with her. "I really wish this would be over, that he would
reach agreement with the courts, no longer be a fugitive."

She also tells Inside Edition that she wouldn't call the episode rape, but the sex was not consensual. "I perceived
it as he made me have sex with him," she says. "The word 'rape' always brings to mind for me a level of...violence that
wasn't there."

Polanski and his Hollywood pals are probably heartened by Geimer's remarks. His fugitive status has made headaches
for studios doing business with him. The publicity tour for his 1994 adaptation of the Broadway play, Death and the
Maiden, for instance, had to be conducted on a boat in neutral waters to avoid risking Polanski's arrest.


Roman Polanski: "I'm Worse than Clinton"
by Emily Farache  Nov 15, 1999, 1:00 PM PT
FROM:  (http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,5604,00.html)

Twenty years later, Roman Polanski admits he did it.

Back in 1978, the acclaimed director of Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby fled the country amid allegations he raped
a 13-year-old girl. He hasn't stepped foot in America since. Now, the French-born director, who once said, "When you
are 12, you no longer need the parents," is finally accepting blame for the crime.

"There was no plot against me. There was no setup. It was all my fault. I think my wrongdoing was much greater than
Bill Clinton's," the 66-year-old says in the December issue of Esquire magazine.

"There's a different justice for people who are public figures and those who are not," he adds.  Indeed.

Polanski, then 42, took 13-year-old Samantha Geimer to Jack Nicholson's house (he was out of town), loaded her up
with Quaaludes and champagne and then had sex with her. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual
intercourse with a minor, but fled to Europe to avoid a prison sentence of up to 50 years.

In his autobiography, the filmmaker said the judge who heard the case reneged on a deal that would have had
Polanski behind bars for just 90 days, and, faced with the prospect of years in the slammer, he decided to take off.

As recently as two years ago, lawyers represented Polanksi were negotiating for the director's return to the
States--with him serving no jail time--but nothing came of those talks.

About the same time, Geimer came forward to say she wouldn't mind if Polanski came back to the U.S.

"I really wish this would be over, that he would reach agreement with courts, no longer be a fugitive," she said.


November 5, 1997      Polanski's Victim Speaks Out
FROM:   (http://mrshowbiz.go.com/archive/news/Todays_Stories/971105/polanski11597.html)

The woman whom director Roman Polanski is accused of raping when  she was thirteen years old says she "wants to let the past be gone" and  thinks it's time Polanski's exile came to an end. In what's billed as her first  television interview, Samantha Geimer, now a thirty-four-year-old married  mother of three living in Hawaii, tells Inside Edition, "I really wish this would be over, that he would reach an agreement with the courts [and] no longer be a fugitive."

In the interview, which aired on Tuesday and Wednesday, Geimer gives  details of the infamous incident that took place when Polanski was taking pictures of her at the home of Jack Nicholson, who was not there at the time. "I was scared because I knew this was not appropriate," she said. "[He said], 'Why don't you just come in and lay down for a minute?' And I
really just tried to get it over with. I cried after it was all over and I was back in the car. He told me, 'Don't tell you mom.'" Geimer says she protested "a number of times," but was afraid of angering Polanski if she objected more forcefully. She says time has given her perspective on the incident. "I suppose, yes, I was a victim, but I don't feel like a victim now.
He wasn't hurting me and he wasn't forceful or mean," she said.

Polanski, now sixty-four, was arrested in 1977 and charged with six criminal counts, including "rape by use of drugs" in the incident with Geimer. A year later, the Rosemary's Baby director, under terms of a plea bargain, pled guilty to one charge of "unlawful sexual intercourse," and served forty-two days in a psychiatric prison. But he fled from the United States to
France when he learned the judge had changed his mind and planned to sentence him to additional jail time if he didn't agree to be deported. In 1993, he settled out of court in a civil suit with Geimer. Part of the agreement was that he could not discuss the incident.

Polanski, whose recent works have included 1992's Bitter Moon with Hugh Grant and 1994's Death and the Maiden with Sigourney Weaver, has reportedly been trying to work out a deal with the Los Angeles attorney's office that would allow him to return to the States without facing jail time. "Every agent in town would love to represent him," entertainment lawyer Eric Weissman was quoted as saying in Wednesday's London Daily Telegraph. "I think directors who have scored great hits and are believed to have unusual talents are always in demand." Polanski's plans to direct John Travolta in The Double last year fell apart when the actor fled the Paris set days before filming was to begin.

The thrice-married Polanski's second wife, Sharon Tate, was eight-months pregnant when she was murdered by Charles Manson in 1969. He is currently married to actress Emmanuelle Seigner (Frantic).

 

 


Elvis Presley - Priscilla was only a 14-year-old ninth grader when Elvis began dating her in 1959
during his army tour in Germany. At the time he met Priscilla, he had an even younger girl living in
his house (Moore, That’s Alright, Elvis, p. 162). In 1962, the 15-year-old Priscilla moved in with Elvis
at his Graceland mansion in Memphis and they lived together for five years before they married in May
1967.

Jerry Seinfeld - His four-year relationship with Shoshanna Longstein began when she was still in high
school. At the on-set of the affair, Jerry was 38 and she was 17. Jerry made no secret of the
relationship and publicly paraded his jail bait on his arm.

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