Roman Polanski Faces New Extradition Hearing-This Time in Poland
Filmmaker Roman Polanski may have one less country he can travel to if U.S. authorities win their latest extradition bid. A Polish court will decide whether or not to grant the extradition request which could make it impossible for Polanski to visit Poland.
Polanski fled the United States in 1978 fearful that a judge was not going to honor a plea agreement that was in place. Afraid that he was going to get sent to prison he bolted out of the States eventually ending up in France. The European country has refused to send him back to the U.S. and he has been limited in countries he can travel to because of extradition treaties.
He was arrested in Switzerland in 2009 when he went to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zurich Film Festival enraging many Swiss citizens who felt that the arrest was an overreach on the part of the U.S. He also had the support of many in Hollywood who circulated a petition calling for his release. After spending several months under house arrest in his Swiss chalet, the Oscar winning director was released and flew back to France.
Polanski reportedly hopes to make a movie in Poland, the country of his birth. If the court grants the extradition request, Polanski will not be compelled to return to the U.S. because he lives in Paris. However if he goes to Poland to film or for any other reason he could be arrested and sent back to Los Angeles to face the music.
At 82, he is the longest running fugitive in the United States justice system. His troubles began when he raped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl while she was under the influence of quaaludes he had given her. She had been dropped off at the home of Jack Nicholson for a photo shoot with the famous director. He did take photos though he also took advantage of being left alone with the youth.
The victim later was awarded a settlement and has made pleas for the case to come to an end though prosectors in L.A. would like to see him answer for his crimes in a Los Angeles courtroom. Polanski has continued to make movies and win awards despite his admissions of guilt. He is rarely called a rapist or a pedophile. Instead his crime is talked about as a sexual relationship as if a 13-year-old child force-fed drugs is capable of consenting to any sex act.
Polanski has lived out his self-imposed exile in France with his wife and two young children.
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