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March 13, 2003

When I started Radosh.net, I

Daniel Radosh

When I started Radosh.net, I vowed not to get caught up in that self-referential spiral of call and response that makes so many other blogs virtually unreadable. I lied.

Today, Bacchus writes: Daniel Radosh calls this line from the ancient testimony against Roman Polanski "heartbreaking", and if the 13-year-old girl in question actually said this Daniel is right: "And then he went down and he started performing cuddliness." But what if it was a transcription error? That would be damned funny, as long as we are all clear we are laughing at the official court reporter who, in 1977, might conceivably have been a bit challenged when transcribing naughty Latin words.

In fact that had occurred to me. And it wouldn't be the only moment in which the girl displays a level of sophistication greater than others in the courtroom. To wit:
A: "Then he lifted up my legs and he went in through my anus."
Q: "When you say he went in your anus what do you mean by that?"
A: "He put his penis in my butt."
Q: "Still not following. Can you dumb it down a bit more for me?"

Okay, I made up that last one.

UPDATE: A libertarian lawyer thinks the "cuddliness" exchange proves the girl was coached. Well, I dunno. In any event, for those who aren't aware, it's worth noting that the girl — now 39 — has no hard feelings and wishes everyone would just drop it already.

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