Roman Polanski Extradition Request Denied
The 76-year-old Polish-born film director had been under house arrest in his luxurious Swiss chalet for nine months while Swiss officials deliberated on extraditing him to the United States, where he is considered a wanted fugitive.
The extradition denial comes after media frenzy where French government officials and prominent Hollywood celebrities publicly condemned the United State’s extradition request and heralded Polanski’s work as an artist.
Earlier this year, a second woman came forward and claimed that the Oscar-winning director had sexually abused her when she was 16.
Swiss officials denied the extradition request because they claimed that Roman had already served his time for his crime.
In 1977, Roman was charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Jack Nicholson‘s home. Roman had reportedly drugged and raped the young girl but eventually got the charges reduced to statutory rape, to which he plead guilty. Roman believed that he would serve his sentence in probation but when he heard that the judge was reconsidering his sentencing he fled the country, remaining a fugitive of the United States ever since.
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