Sunday, September 27, 2009

Roman Polanski: Wanted, Desired, and In Custody

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski was arrested this morning in Switzerland on an international warrant.

Polanski was convicted in a California court way back in 1978 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, whom he had lured to the home of Jack Nicholson and drugged.

He then fled to the country of his citizenship, France, where he was safe from being extradited, and has been careful to avoid countries that would send him back to the U.S. ever since. This is why he wasn't on hand to receive his directing Oscar in 2002 for The Pianist.

Polanski was travelling to Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival, when Swiss authorities detained him at the Zurich airport.

He could possiibly be extradited and back in a U.S. court at a later date.


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