“People have a right to their own opinions about what happened, but they don’t have a right to their own facts.”
This is something Roman Polanski’s lawyer, Douglas Dalton, says early in the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. It’s a perfectly stated quote about how people tend to forget that opinions and facts are indeed separate things. The fact is, only two people really know what happened on the afternoon of March 11, 1977 in Jack Nicholson’s Beverly Hills home. It was in that home, on that day, that famed director Roman Polanski was photographing 13-year-old Samantha Geimer for French Vogue magazine (Nicholson was out of town). From there, a shared fact ceases to exist. Polanski says the two eventually drank champagne, took a Quaalude and had consensual sex. But, according to Geimer, the drugs and sex were both forced on her.