From child rapist to Oscar winning director to international incident.
And that's excluding the most difficult and heart-breaking aspects of his life.
Angry celebs and European pollies are joined in their outrage, as Roman Polanski sits in a jail in Switzerland awaiting extradition to the US.
I truly don't know what to make of this brouhaha.
When all is weighed up, I have to side with the victim, who has long said she didn't want any further action taken against Polanski, in essence, because it drags her back to a rape that she wants to forget. I'd much prefer to see her feelings being the decider.
Meanwhile, celebrities and pollies publicly foaming at the mouth to defend Polanski, is a tawdry spectacle.
If this is killed off for the wrong reasons, we will all be complicit in something deeply shameful, intrinsically abusive and hypercritical.
International bid for Polanski release