Emma Thompson Drops Support of Polanski

Web petitioners change actress' mind about case
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 12:17 PM CST
Roman Polanski.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Who says a blog can’t change anything? Not the folks at Shakesville, who assembled a petition opposing actress Emma Thompson’s decision to sign a petition of her own opposing Roman Polanksi’s arrest. Somehow, one member of the community finagled a meeting with Thompson, presented the document…and actually changed her mind. “She said, while she supported Polanski as a friend, a crime is a crime.”

The member quotes Thompson: "Know that I will remove my name because of you, and all of the good work that you have been doing. I have read your petition. I have heard you. And I will listen.’” Blogger Melissa McEwan will “reserve my grateful blubbing for when I see her name actually peeled off” the petition. As of now, no dice.