Natalie Portman Is Sorry About Signing a Petition in Support of Roman Polanski Nearly a Decade Ago

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Remember, every mistake is a chance to learn empathy for people who make mistakes.

On Tuesday, in a wide-ranging interview with Buzzfeed News, Natalie Portman expressed regret for having signed a petition in support of director Roman Polanksi in 2009.


“I very much regret it. I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough,” said Portman. She continued:

“Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, ‘I signed this. Will you, too?’ And I was like, ‘Sure.’ It was a mistake. The thing I feel like I gained from it is empathy towards people who have made mistakes. 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.”

The petition demanded the immediate release of Polanksi, who was being detained in Switzerland on a warrant related to his 1977 underage sex case (he pled guilty at that time to having sex with a minor). According to The Hollywood Reporter, more than 100 filmmakers and actors—including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Wim Wenders, Tilda Swinton and Wong Kar Wai—signed the petition.


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