California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was on CNN’s “The Situation Room” today and was asked whether he would pardon Roman Polanski.
It wasn’t a definitive no…but not a yes either.
“I would not treat his situation any differently than anyone else. … It shouldn’t be treated differently,” he said.
He said of the overall case: “It doesn’t matter if you are a big-time movie actor or a big-time movie director or producer. I think that he is a very respected person, and I am a big admirer of his work. But nevertheless, I think he should be treated like everyone else.”
Schwarzenegger also said, “Hollywood has always been very liberal. …You may call it out of touch but that’s just the way they think. They think differently about all of this.”
A spokesman for the governor said that he would review the case but was uncertain whether he had the authority to grant clemency in this instance.
But the petition signed by Hollywood notables demanding his release has not created a sense of fallout, as of yet, anyway. Harrison Ford, who signed, appeared with Schwarzenegger on Wednesday at the governor’s climate conference.
Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg has clarified her remarks on the case, telling MSNBC that she was referring to the legal charge at the time.