Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Roman Polanski

Rape victim wants charges against Oscar winner tossed
A 30-year-old statutory rape case involving Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski may soon be dismissed if the victim, Samantha Geimer, has her way.

In his 1978 court case, Polanski pled guilty to charges of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor,” regarding his statutory rape of Geimer, who was 13 at the time. Polanski fled to France to avoid sentencing " he faced a 50-year prison term " and has not set foot in the United States since due to the likelihood of re-arrest.

In a new development, Geimer, now 45 and a mother of three, is insisting the case be dismissed.

“I have urged that this matter come to a formal legal end. I have urged that the district attorney and the court dismiss these charges,” Geimer wrote. “True as they may be, the continued publication of those details causes harm to me, my beloved husband, my three children and my mother. I have become a victim of the actions of the district attorney.”

The 75-year-old Polanski, born in France and raised in Poland, recently lost a bid to have Los Angeles Supreme Court judges disqualified from hearings into his case. The director’s lawyers claim they have evidence that proves Polanski was a victim of judicial misconduct.

For his work on The Pianist, Polanski won the Oscar for Best Director in 2003, but he did not attend the ceremony.
" Matt Quinn

Punk group The Muslims become The Soft Pack
The underground San Diego punk quartet formerly known as The Muslims have officially changed their name to The Soft Pack.

Initial feedback on the new name is generally positive though some fans are confused. The band used its name and songs to draw attention to social issues in the United States. Most notable in the band’s political commentary is the lyric “watching the Sunnis drop like flies from the library/ watching them take their only lives begging to be free” from the song “Bright Side.” There is no word as to whether this type of songwriting will continue with the new name.

Despite the band’s controversial name, The Muslims landed on many critics’ ‘bands to watch in 2009’ lists, drawing comparisons to The Strokes and The Heartbreakers.
" Adam Schwartz

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