Date TimeAugust 29, 2019
VoiceDirector portrayed as persecuted victim of ‘neo-feminist McCarthyism’ in interview for latest film An Officer and a Spy
Roman Polanski attacks absurd abuse accusations on eve of Venice premiere
The figure of Roman Polanski hung once again over the Venice film festival on its second day after he released press notes for his new film that sought to discredit several women who claim he sexually abused them as minors, and suggested that he has been persecuted since the late 1960s, when the press insinuated he was a satanist after the murder, by members of the Manson Family, of his second wife, Sharon Tate.
In the press notes for his new film An Officer and a Spy – about the antisemitic Dreyfus affair – which has its premiere on Friday, the 86-year-old Chinatown director is portrayed as a persecuted victim of “neo-feminist McCarthyism” in an interview with the French polemicist Pascal Bruckner.

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