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Natalie Portman 'very much regrets' signing petition in support of Roman Polanski

Natalie Portman Regrets Signing Roman Polanski Petition Natalie Portman 'very much regrets' signing petition in support of Roman Polanski
Patty Aguilar | 21 February, 2018, 22:23

Actor Natalie Portman regrets signing a letter demanding the release of Roman Polanski when he was arrested in Switzerland in 2009.

The controversial petition - made public in 2009 - demanded the immediate release of Polanski after the director was detained days earlier in Switzerland on a warrant for his 1977 underage sex case in the United States, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which he fled before sentencing. At the time of the rape, he pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain, but fled the country while awaiting sentencing.

The actress, who has been at the forefront of the Time's Up anti-harassment campaign this year, now tells Buzzfeed she regrets signing the petition.

"I don't think that's what the conversation should be about", Portman said.

"I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough", the "Annihilation" star said. The "Annihilation" actress pointedly announced the "all-male nominees" at the prestigious ceremony and she admitted she had chosen her words carefully because she wanted to make a point that female filmmakers had been snubbed without "disrespecting" the nominees who had made the shortlist for the accolade, which went to 'The Shape of Water's Guillermo del Toro. Will you too?' And I was like, sure. "It was a mistake". "We lived in a different world, and that doesn't excuse anything", she said.

'But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live.

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Natalie Portman said she regrets supporting Polanski, but is happy that her eyes have been opened and she's gained a sense of empathy. Other stars including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, and Darren Aronofsky demanded "the immediate release" of Polanski after he was arrested for a then-decades old warrant related to his rape case.

In explaining why she has joined the Time's Up cause, Portman, 36, has revealed that, after her turn in The Professional in 1996, which she filmed over her 12th birthday, the roles she was offered were "sexy little girls". "Or change that room". She continued: "I think it should be about: Why didn't Elaine May make a movie every year?"

Natalie Portman has become one of the more prominent figureheads of the Time's Up campaign, which seeks to raise funds for legal aid for victims of sexual abuse and misconduct.

She said: 'You know, the message [is] that we want a workplace and particularly positions of power, like boardroom seats - we want them to reflect the world we live in and represent the world we live in. "There's so much art that's being lost by not giving opportunities to women and people of color", Portman said.

Portman went on to say that "part of what we're here to do" is call attention to the people who are "not in the room". "And it's also not what I'm upset about".

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