Roman Polanski's sex attack accusers are 'anti-Semitic' says female French TV director, 85, who insists the filmmaker can't be a rapist because he 'has a beautiful wife'
- Nadine Trintignant, 85, called Polanski a 'victim' and said she believed his denial
- Female director said men's 'freedom to bother' was part of 'sexual freedom'
- Last week former actress Valentine Monnier alleged Polanski raped her as a teen
- Protest took place in Paris last night at a premiere of Polanski's film 'J'Accuse'
A renowned French female TV director yesterday said Roman Polanski could not be a rapist because 'he has a beautiful wife' and that his accusers are anti-Semitic.
Nadine Trintignant, 85, called the convicted paedophile 'a victim' and said she was more inclined to believe him over the latest woman who has accused him of attacking her.
Ms Trintignant's provocative words follow a number of high-profile French women attacking the #MeToo movement, and saying men's 'freedom to bother' was 'indispensable to sexual freedom.'
It was last Friday that actress Valentine Monnier, who is now 62, said Polanski 'violently raped' her when she was a teenager.
Ms Monnier waived her right to anonymity so as to describe her horrific ordeal just as Polanski, 86, launches a new movie called 'J'Accuse' about the Jewish Army officer Alfred Dreyfus.
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Referring to Polanski's third wife Emmanuelle Seigner (right with her husband), who is 33 years younger than him, Nadine Trintignant (left) said: 'His wife is very beautiful. Why would he look elsewhere? If it wasn't Roman Polanski, he'd be left in peace.'
Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski's hypocrisy
Polanski is still wanted in America after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 1977 and then fleeing the country.
Ms Monnier has received widespread support across the world for finally speaking out.
But Ms Trintignant defended Polanski, who comes from a Jewish background, live on the BFM news channel on Wednesday, saying: 'I'm here to defend Roman Polanski, a huge director who has made about fifteen masterpieces.
'I find it very serious to bother him at this time when there is a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe, the day when a new film about Dreyfus is released.'
Referring to the alleged rape in 1975, Ms Trintignant repeated: 'He's a huge director, a smart man.
'He did something serious 44 years ago. In 44 years, there have been thousands of women raped and we do not know the names of the men who did these bad deeds.
'We leave them alone because they are called Dupont, Durand ...'
Demonstrators hold banners reading 'Polanski rapist, cinemas guilties, public accomplice' during a protest against French-Polish film director Roman Polanski outside the 'Champo' cinema hall in Paris on Tuesday night
The Oscar-winning director, 86, was seen leaving through a rear exit from the Cinema UGC Normandie following the screening of J'Accuse on Tuesday night
Polanski was born in Paris before surviving the Nazi Holocaust in Poland, where his father came from, during the Second World War.
This prompted Ms Trintignant to say: 'If it wasn't Roman Polanski, we would leave him in peace,' but it was only because he was a 'little Pole out of the ghetto' that people bothered him.
Referring directly to Ms Monnier, who said she feared death after Polanski raped her, Ms Trintignant said: 'I would tend to believe him over a woman who took 44 years to think to denounce him'.
Referring to Polanski's third wife Emmanuelle Seigner, who is 33 years younger than him, Ms Trintignant said: 'His wife is very beautiful. Why would he look elsewhere? If it wasn't Roman Polanski, he'd be left in peace.'
Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (pictured), who is 33 years younger than him, and their two children, Morgane and Elvis
Polanski was not in fact married in 1975 when he is said to have raped Ms Monnier.
Ms Trintignant's own daughter, the actress Marie Trintignant, was beaten to death by her rock star boyfriend Bertrand Cantat in 2003.
Women's rights protesters have stood outside cinemas preparing to show 'J'Accuse' shouting 'Polanski rapist' and carrying banners reading: 'Polanski persecutes women'.
'J'Accuse' is called 'An Officer and a Spy' for British and American cinemas, and is written by Polanski and the British author Robert Harris.
Responding to the latest claims about rape, a lawyer for Polanski said: 'Roman Polanski firmly denies all accusations of rape.'
In 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty in US court to raping and drugging Samantha Geimer (seen left in June 2017), who was just 13 years old at the time. Geimer is seen right in 1976, a year before she was raped by Polanski
Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife and their two children, Morgane and Elvis.
It was last year that a 100 French women, including, including the actress Catherine Deneuve and the writer Catherine Millet, signed an opinion piece in Le Monde newspaper, denouncing the #MeToo movement for being too hard on men.
They said 'hitting on someone insistently or awkwardly is not an offense, nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression.'
From sexual assault accusations to the murder of his wife: Who is Roman Polanski?
Roman Polanski, a French-Polish director whose films have won eight Oscars, has been a fugitive from the US since 1978.
He was arrested and charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977.
He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful sex with a minor before undergoing 42 days of psychiatric evaluation in prison while awaiting sentencing.
Once he learned the judge planned to give him a prison term, he fled to Paris and has been avoiding extradition ever since.
Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 1974 film, Chinatown
Polanski was born in Paris in 1933 but moved back to Poland with his parents in 1936.
Three years later the family were trapped in Krakow as Nazis invaded Poland.
His parents were taken during raids, leaving Polanski to be brought up by the foster care system while using a different identity to evade Nazi capture.
In 1965 he directed his first feature-length film, Knife in the Water, before directing three more films in the UK.
He moved to the US in 1968 where he directed psychological horror film Rosemary's Baby and gained status.
Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 2005 film, Oliver Twist
In 1969 he was struck by tragedy when his then pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered along with four friends by the Manson family.
He has been married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner since 1989.
After Sharon Tate's death Polanski returned to Europe and carried on his career until 1974 when he went back to America to direct Chinatown.
Although he was known as a convicted rapist, Polanski's career continued to blossom after he fled America in 1978.
He returned once more to Europe where he became famous for directing films such as The Pianist (2002), a film about a Polish Jew who was trying to avoid Nazi capture, and Oliver Twist (2005).
Pictured is a scene from Polanski's 2002 film, The Pianist
In 2009 he was arrested by Swiss officials when he went to the Zurich Film Festival.
His arrest sparked a backlash from Hollywood stars and Harvey Weinstein, who 80 women have accused of sexual assault, started a petition demanding Polanski's immediate release.
The 'We demand the immediate release of Roman' petition was signed by the likes of Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese and Tilda Swinton.
In 2017 two women came forward to accuse Polanski of sexual assault, Renate Langer claimed he raped her when she was 16 in 1972.
And Marianne Barnard claimed he molested her and photographed her naked when she was 10 years old in 1975.