Filmmaker and long-time fugitive has been arrested in Switzerland, according to the BBC. He is in custody, and facing extradition to the US.
Film director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody in Switzerland and faces extradition to the US for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Mr Polanski, 76, was detained on Saturday as he travelled from France to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.
Uh, not quite. Mr. Polanski gave a protesting thirteen-year old girl champagne and quaaludes, and then sexually assaulted her when she was incapacitated by drugs. She “begged him to stop, until it was obvious that it was of no use.” *This is more than “having sex with” this is aggravated rape of a child.
The French, among whom Mr. Polanski has been living openly for decades, are outraged.
Mr. Polanski has suffered great hardship in his life, suffering in the Krakow ghetto in WWII and the murder of his pregnant wife in 1969. Tragedy, however, does not give someone a free pass to be a criminal. Neither does talent or celebrity. I reserve my sympathy for his victim. Mr. Polanski has evaded justice for decades, and it is time for it to end. Justice delayed is justice denied.
*These are his victim’s own words.