The Daily Express quoted Deborah Tate, the sister of his murdered wife Sharon Tate as saying on America's Today Show: "Roman is a brilliant director, there is no disputing that. He's also a philanthropist. He helps many other people get a foothold in the business. He's quite a humanitarian He's a good guy. He's brilliant as well."
She went on to say that Polanski and the 13-year-old Samantha Gailey voluntarily had sex and there was no question of the girl being forced.
Tate said: "There was a deal made back in the '70s where Roman would undergo evaluation and spend four months in jail. He did that. He was evaluated not to be a paedophile and there's rape and then there's rape. It was determined that Roman did not forcibly have sex with this young woman, it was a consensual matter. I am a victim's advocate and I know the difference."
Tate also expressed her despair in the American justice system and suggested that the case was a waste of time and money. She said: "I do believe that our system is extremely broken on multiple levels. I think at the moment there's a lot of taxpayers' dollars that are spent on cases that do not need to be pursued, especially in the state of California. It's a very multi-million dollar broken system.
"I was under the impression (in 2005) that there was misconduct in the political genre itself and based on that, perhaps he could get a fair trial here. Since then, speaking to the District Attorney's office about this matter, I agree that Roman could not necessarily be dealt with in a fair manner in the United States. I think that this matter better be served in France."