Polanski child sex case timeline

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A timeline in the Roman Polanski child sex case:


-- March 10: Polanski, aged 43, invites a 13-year-old girl to take part in a fashion photo session at the Hollywood home of actor Jack Nicholson. The girl tells her parents that he plied her with alcohol and drugs and raped her.

-- April 15: Polanski goes on trial on charges including rape and sodomy. He initially pleads not guilty, but under a plea bargain agreement, admits the charge of having unlawful sex with a minor. He is ordered to undergo three months of psychiatric tests, delayed until the end of the year to allow him to complete a film.


-- January: After a month and a half in the Chino Penal Institution near Los Angeles, Polanski flees the United States. He settles in France, where he was born and has citizenship. France refuses an extradition request.


-- Polanski reaches a civil agreement to pay damages to the woman he assaulted. California refuses to lift the criminal charges.


-- March: Polanski is awarded an Oscar for his film "The Pianist".

The woman he assaulted issues a statement saying she has forgiven Polanski, but confirming that he raped her. The director stays away from the Oscars ceremony, fearing arrest.


-- September 26: Polanski, who has previously spent frequent periods in Switzerland, is arrested on his arrival in Zurich for a film festival, pending an extradition request from the United States.

-- October 23: US authorities submit a formal extradition request.

-- November 25: A Swiss court authorises Polanski's release from detention subject to a bail bond and on condition that he remain under effective house arrest at his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad.


-- April 22: A California court again rejects a request, submitted by the woman Polanski assaulted, for the case to be dropped.

-- May 15: A 42-year-old British actress, Charlotte Lewis, alleges that Polanski sexually abused her when she was 16. Lewis's attorney said the actress was speaking out to counter suggestions that the US case against Polanski was based on an isolated event.

-- July 12: Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf to announce whether the filmmaker will be extradited.

© 2010 AFP

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