I don't understand why everybody is getting so worked up about Roman Polanski. It's not like he raped a child. No, wait.....
The scandal, even more than that he did it, is that he got away with it. He got the rape of a child, among the most heinous crimes possible, pled down to a misdemeanor. And then escaped even that shamefully minor punishment by escaping to France. There he lived rich and comfortable in Paris for 31 years. He made no secret of his whereabouts during that time - protected by American indolence and French politics.
That such a sequence of events could happen suggests that the values of both countries are empty phrases for the rich and powerful. And the rest of us are so supine and gullible they don't even have to hide it.