Award-Winning Director Arrested for Sex Charge

Roman Polanski

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Oscar-winning film director, Roman Polanski, best known for directing The Pianist, Tess, Chinatown, and Rosemary's Baby, was arrested in Switzerland for a decades old sex charge.


Back in 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor (who was 13 at the time), but fled the States before being sentenced.

He has lived in France since and has dodged attempts of arrest because France is not bound by law to honor U.S. requests for arrests.

There have been repeated attempts to settle the sex case over the years, but the sticking point has always been Polanski's refusal to return to attend hearings.

However, when he traveled to Switzerland for the Zurich Film Festival on Saturday (where they were holding a Polanski tribute), authorities were able to bring him into custody because of an extradition treaty the Swiss have with the U.S.

Now married, the victim, Samantha Geimer, filed court papers in January saying, "I am no longer a 13-year-old child. I have dealt with the difficulties of being a victim, have surmounted and surpassed them with one exception. Every time this case is brought to the attention of the Court, great focus is made of me, my family, my mother and others. That attention is not pleasant to experience and is not worth maintaining over some irrelevant legal nicety, the continuation of the case."

What are your thoughts? Do you think the case should dropped since the victim wants it thrown out or do you feel it should be handled in court?

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