French pop idol leaps to Polanski's defence
"It's a trap. He was 44, he's now 76. Just leave the guy alone," was Johnny Hallydays reaction to the arrest of Roman Polanski.Geneva – French pop idol Johnny Hallyday leapt to the defence of detained Oscar-winning film maker Roman Polanski in a newspaper interview on Wednesday, saying he should be left alone.
Polanski, a fugitive in the United States, is in a Swiss jail pending legal wrangling over the US extradition warrant that led to his arrest in Zurich last month for a 1977 child sex case in California.
"Thirty-two years later, while the victim is asking for the case to be dismissed and after that man has changed his life, I feel that the way it has played out isn't very fair," Hallyday told the Swiss newspaper Le Matin.
"It's a trap. He was 44, he's now 76. Just leave the guy alone," said Hallyday.
The 66-year-old pop star who, like Polanski, owns a property in the Swiss Alpine resort of Gstaad, a playground for show business stars in later life, said he could not judge the French-Polish filmmaker's acts.
"In that era Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, was massacred, her baby was snatched from her belly. That was a horrible tragedy that could have perturbed him too," Hallyday told the newspaper.
In the same interview, Hallyday revealed that he would undergo an operation for a slipped disc on 25 November, before taking a year off the concert scene.
He said he first suffered the injury during shooting for Hong Kong film maker Johnny To's 2009 thriller "Vengeance".
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