David Wells, the original prosecutor in the Roman Polanski case, who said yesterday that he’d lied about the case, “because he thought it’d make a better story,” now says he’s willing to take a lie detector test to prove he was telling the truth when he said he was lying. Reached for comment, Alanis Morissette said, “Oh sh’t, now I get it.”
Wells told Wolf Blitzer on Thursday that he “buttered up” his role in the Polanski case for the documentary crew. He said he lied about trying to goad a judge to sentence Polanski to prison in 1978.
“I could call it building a bigger story, putting my part in the case bigger than it actually was,” he said. “But when you peel away all the feathers, it’s just a lie. I shouldn’t have done it. I wish I didn’t.”
“I made these imprudent comments, just to liven it up a little,” Wells said. “In retrospect, it was a bad thing to do, and I never knew this thing was going to be shown in the United States.”
Had you heard? Lying to foreigners is the new coolest thing. When he’s not lawyering, Wells likes to dare Japanese tourists to kick the football and play “what’s that on your shirt?”
Asked why he should be believed now, Wells said, “I’m destroying my character in public and everybody in the world knows about it. … I don’t like admitting this.” He agreed to take a polygraph test to set the record straight.
Wells also acknowledged that he lied to The New York Times. “I figured Polanski never was going to come back,” he said. “I didn’t want to put myself out as a liar.” Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland made Wells’ public exposure inevitable, he said. “I’m going to tell it the way it is and if I take a beating over it, I deserve it,” he said.
Blitzer challenged Wells to a polygraph test, and he agreed to take one if his former employers at the LA County DA’s office allow it. “I’m not going to do anything more to hamper the District Attorney’s case,” he said. [CNN]
Well that’s good. As Sun Tzu said, it takes a big man to step up and do the right thing after the judge is dead and the teenage rape victim is in her 40s.