When it comes to our favourite directors who have also been accused of statutory rape and fallen foul of manic death cults then Roman Polanski is probably in the top five. He's back in non-film related news because of the ongoing libel court case taking place in London at the moment. Polanski himself is giving evidence via a satellite link over worries that he'll be extradited back to the USA if he comes to the UK because of the charges still hanging over his 71 year old head (but at least those charges were dropped from the original rape, suspicion of sodomy, child molestation and furnishing dangerous drugs to a minor).
The current case can be summed up as Polanski taking offence at Vanity Fair magazine suggesting that he was back on the pull actually en route to Sharon Tate's funeral.
The magazine now accepts that the incident did not happen when Mr Polanski was on his way back to Hollywood for Ms Tate's funeral but said it occurred about two weeks later.
It's forgetting little facts like that that make you wonder how much more of the story was simply made up. Especially when it turns out that Polanski's chat up line may well be the most ill advised ever. Lean closer to the screen and make believe that Londonist has a firm hand on your thigh while we tell you "I could put you in the movies. I could make you the next Sharon Tate".
Although George Costanza did have some success using his dead fiancé as a lure to bed women we're not sure the promise of getting a girl eight and a half months pregnant and then leaving her to be gutted by psychopaths is going to get many more notches on the Londonist bedpost.
Making great movies like Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion and Cul-de-sac does not cut any slack with us regarding you being an (alleged) weasel. Then again we've always had more of a soft spot for the messier Polanski movies such as Pirates, The Ninth Gate and The Fearless Vampire Killers. In fact Bitter Moon is a firm Londonist favourite despite long parts of it being unwatchable (although at least one scene could be used to great advantage by the Milk Marketing Board).
We'll let you know how it all turns out - not sure at this stage if it will do much good for Polanski's new family movie - a brand spanking version of Oliver Twist complete with waifs, obscenely clean streets and Ben Kingsley as Fagin.