[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/10/01/polanski.support.backlash/art.polanskiportrait.gi.jpg caption="The case surrounding the arrest of director Roman Polanski has both supporters and critics."]
Lisa Respers France
While several high-profile actors and directors have rallied around Roman Polanski, not everyone in Hollywood believes he should be freed and forgiven.
In the face of a petition signed by notables such as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and John Landis calling for the immediate release of Polanski following his detainment in Switzerland, a backlash is building against such support.
"I can't believe that Hollywood has separated itself so completely from American morality," said Paul Petersen, a former child actor and president of A Minor Consideration, which advocates on behalf of young performers. "It is yet another case of Hollywood being out of sync with most of America."
Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, but fled the United States before he could be sentenced.
Filed under: Crime & Punishment
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