Roman Polanski Arrested For Decades Old Sex Charge

Roman Polanski. Photo: The Guardian.co.uk
Roman Polanski. Photo: The Guardian.co.uk

Roman Polanski. Photo: The Guardian.co.uk

Roman Polanski was finally arrested for a sex charge that stemmed from 1977, 32 years ago.

The filmmaker had a sexual relationship with a 13 year old back in 1977.  He was charged with rape and in 1978, he fled and has been living in Paris ever since. He attended the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland this weekend and U.S. officials made their move and help from Swiss officials. It is being reported that Roman was stunned when he got arrested thinking he would be protected under french law but was arrested before getting a lifetime achievement award at the festival.

U.S. officials want him to return to California to face charges but Polanski is doing everything he can to fight the arrest and charges.  If he does not agree to go to Los Angeles, the U.S. Justice department has 60 days to take him there and file a written request. Officials from his homeland of Poland and France where he lives are protesting him being held.

Polanski, is 76 years old and has had strange things follow him for his entire career. His wife at the time, Sharon Tate, was murdered at the Manson family house, and then arrested at the Beverly Hills Hotel after a 13 year old girl said he raped her at Jack Nicholson's Mulholland Drive house.

The girl, Samantha Geimer, reached an agreement with the director and forgave him publicily. It has not been good enough for the D.A.'s office however, and has been pursuing him ever since.

What do you think of this case and his arrest? For me, I am going to do what he didn't when it came to that girl and not touch it.-Dr.FB