Polanski's Wife Defends Him

In rare interview, Emmanuelle Seigner says 1970 were 'crazy time'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2010 3:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Roman Polanski's wife has defended her husband in a rare interview, calling the 1970s a "crazy time" of "sexual liberty and permissiveness." Speaking to the French edition of Elle, Emmanuelle Seigner says she's "not a super-liberal person who thinks that nothing is serious." But the actress and singer says that "at the time people didn't live and react in the same way," reports AFP.

The 43-year-old Seigner, who was 10 at the time of Polanski's arrest on charges that he drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl, has been with him 25 years and says she knew and "accepted" his version of events. She adds that her new album has a duet with Polanski about a girl who wakes up next to a stranger after a drunken night. "I was advised to remove it at the time (of his arrest), but I didn't want to," she says. "I can assure you there is no special message behind it."

Actress Emmanuelle Seigner, arrives to the New York premiere of her film 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.'
Actress Emmanuelle Seigner, arrives to the New York premiere of her film 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.'   (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Film director Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner arrive at the Elysee Palace in 2007.
Film director Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner arrive at the Elysee Palace in 2007.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A Jan. 15 file photo of Roman Polanski.
A Jan. 15 file photo of Roman Polanski.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
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It was a crazy time. The attitude to drugs was not the same, nor was the attitude to sexual liberty and permissiveness.
- Emmanuelle Seigner,
wife of Roman Polanski

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