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Director Roman Polanski arrested

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, September 27, 2009

It appears that, at long last, the infamous social stigma upon acclaimed director Roman Polanski may be moving toward a final resolution. After being wanted by American authorities for more than three decades for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, Polanski was arrested by authorities today in Zurich, Switzerland.

Polanski, 76, flew into Zurich to attend the local film festival and pick up an honorary award. Swiss police were waiting for the filmmaker when he arrived at the airport.

With the arrest of Polanski begins the speculation as to whether he will face extradiction to the United States and stand trial for the case that has hung around his neck for nearly half of his life. In 1977 a then 44-year-old Polanski photographed a 13-year-old girl (who has now come forward and was named Samantha Geimer at the time of the event) at the home of Jack Nicholson, with the photos slated to be used in an upcoming issue of Vogue magazine. Polanski gave the girl champagne and quaaludes and Geimer began to fend off sexual overtures from the man which eventually led to sex acts behind performed. Several major charges were brought against Polanski (including rape and sodomy) and were later dropped in favor of a plea bargain and accepting the charge of unlawful sex with a minor.

Before going in for a 90-day mental evaluation ordered by the court, Polanski fled the country and took up residence in France.

In 2008 Samantha Geimer spoke up about the affair and now wished that the charge against Polanski could be dropped. She felt that, while the director was in error and completely responsible for his actions, Geimer believed that it was a one-time mistake in his life and that she wished it could be put behind both of them.

In 1969 the shocking murder of his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, as well as four others by Charles Manson and members of his cult, first drew Polanski into the glare of the media spotlight. After making Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown in the U.S., Polanski continued his film career in Europe. He won the Best Director award at the 2002 Academy Awards for The Pianist. His Oscar was accepted in his absence by Harrison Ford.

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I had no idea the US gubbermint could do that.