This is their press release:
Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to the charge of drugging and raping a thirteen year old girl in 1977 but then skipped the country to avoid sentencing. He has not served any time in custody for his crime.Join us in showing the BFI our disgust at their decision to celebrate and finance the rapist Polanski by hosting a retrospective of his work.
We will demonstrate before and during the screening of ‘Tess’ on Saturday 2nd February to register our outrage and to show our solidarity for all survivors of rape who so often see their attackers go unpunished.
The Protest starts at 1:30 in advance of a 2:40 showing of Tess; a film in which the 43 year old director began a “sexual relationship” with the 15 year old star Natassja Kinski because, obviously, he is not a creepy old man at all. Or, a child rapist.
Whilst I can not attend (what with the whole not living in London issue), I will be there in spirit with my sisters holding a convicted child rapist responsible for his crimes despite most of Hollywood misplacing their brains and deciding that being an “artist” is more important than holding an adult male accountable for giving a 13 year old child a qualude in champagne and the orally, vaginally, and anally raping her.