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Natalie Portman regrets signing petition to free Roman Polanski

22 February 2018

For Natalie Portman, it was signing a petition to release Roman Polanski from Swiss custody in 2009 after he was arrested for an old warrant connected to the rape of a 13-year-old girl. The petition sprung up after Polanski was arrested in Switzerland and faced possible extradition to the United States.

Portman had a role in Allen's 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You, but when asked if she thought the filmmaker's career was up, she instead switched the focus onto other artists who should have careers.

"I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough", the "Annihilation" star said.

Over 100 film industry professionals signed the petition and Portman stated it was given to her by someone she respected. "Will you too?" And I was like, sure. It was a mistake'.

She insisted she has had a change of heart about the Polanski situation in the years since she signed the petition. I don't want to talk about 'Isn't it sad that this person who's made 500 movies can't make movies anymore?' That's not for me to decide. "We lived in a different world, and that doesn't excuse anything". "But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live. My eyes were not open", she said.

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The athletes will each get three attempts, and their scores depend on height, difficulty, style and landing quality. Anderson said. "But I'm so proud of myself for just sending it and trying it".

The petition, made public in September 2009, demanded "the immediate release of Roman Polanski" after the Rosemary's Baby filmmaker was detained days earlier in Switzerland on a warrant for Polanski's 1977 underage sex case in the USA, which he fled before his sentencing.

She added that the foible had taught her to have empathy for people who make mistakes, and that she has since had her "eyes opened". "Because we've taken it for granted, being the only woman at work - you forget that it isolates and endangers you", Portman said.

'We think all of us will be better off for it when all of us in our society have access and opportunity to hold those positions of power. "There's so much art that's being lost by not giving opportunities to women and people of color", Portman said. "It seems inadmissible to them that an worldwide cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary film-makers, is used by police to apprehend him".

The star said people should talk about equal opportunities for all, mentioning 'women, people of colour, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community opportunities'.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actor, who is one of the 300 women who founded the Time's Up movement at the beginning of the year, said there was a "huge hole in our culture" because of gender inequality and discrimination. She expounded on that issue in the BuzzFeed interview, saying it felt "terrible" and "really unfortunate" to discover the issues with the film, which also stars Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny. This is the thing: "There's a very big problem of representation in Hollywood, and I have very strong feelings about it. there just needs to be more representation, and I would hate to be part of that problem".

Natalie Portman regrets signing petition to free Roman Polanski