Swiss Nab Polanski on 31-Year-Old US Warrant
Fugitive director, in town for lifetime award, arrested on 1978 statutory rape charge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 27, 2009 5:50 AM CDT
In this 2008 file photo, Polish director Roman Polanski is seen in Oberhausen, Germany. Organizers of the Zurich Film Festival say Polanski has been taken into custody on a 1978 US arrest warrant.   (ROBERTO PFEIL)

(Newser) – Director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody by Swiss police on a 31-year-old US arrest warrant for statutory rape, organizers of the Zurich Film Festival said today. The 76-year-old director of Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, slated to receive an award for his lifetime of work, had recently sought dismissal on grounds of misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it.

Polanski fled the US in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski has lived for the past three decades in France, where his career has continued to flourish. He received a directing Oscar in absentia for 2002's The Pianist. Festival organizers said Polanski's detention had caused "shock and dismay," but that they would go ahead with today's planned retrospective of his work.

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Nov 8, 2009 12:17 PM CST
TO Robert_Dada: "Polanski's victim is among those calling for the case to be tossed out." "Every time it hits the news (like today), her life with her current family becomes hugely disrupted and it reopens old wounds." --------------------------- Now let's think for a moment... think REAL hard here.... Who's fault is this? In case you have difficulty thinking, it's the fault of the man old enough to be her father that drugged and raped her when she was a child. Those "wounds" you speak of? Yea, those wounds were caused by that man. Just to clarify.
Sep 28, 2009 8:59 AM CDT
Go to bed yoeydude. You are drunk.
Sep 27, 2009 12:54 PM CDT
say what you like, still i am convinced that if when atkins, watson and the other murderer oddballs came in Polanski was there instead of la bianca and tate, now we would have one less child raper at large.