France and Poland call for Polanski’s release

29th September 2009, Comments 1 comment

Poland and France are demanding that the Swiss authorities release filmmaker Roman Polanski on bail immediately.

The 76-year-old Polish-French actor and director was detained in Switzerland on Saturday in connection with an international arrest warrant issued in 1978 by United States authorities for a sexual offence. 

He had travelled to Switzerland to attend the Zurich Film Festival, where he was due to receive a special award for his work.
In 1977, Polanski was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl at a party. At the time, he admitted having sex with a minor. However, before the case could come to trial he fled to Europe, where he has lived ever since.

Although the woman in question has since received damages from Polanski and said she wants the case to be closed, US justice officials want to prosecute him. Poland and France have asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene.

Polanski is best known for such films as Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby. In 2003, he received a Best Director Oscar for The Pianist.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Kevin Kinsley posted:

    on 29th September 2009, 15:47:20 - Reply

    There are a couple of errors in this article. Polanski wasn\\\'t accused. He was accused and convicted. He was not awaiting trial. He was awaiting sentencing. There is no question about his guilt. He admitted to having sex with a 13 year old. He also admitted to giving her alcohol and drugs prior to the act. Her own account of what happened makes it clear that it was rape. She was crying and asking him to stop. When it became clear to him that she might get pregnant because she was not taking contraception he switched to sodomizing her.