The Film Director Roman Polanski Requested by US Authorities to Face Trial

February 18, 2015 1:22 am

– The film director is
requested by the authorities to be extradited from and face
trial for an alleged case of sexual abuse in 1977, judicial sources
informed today.

Polish courts have requested the director of films such as Chinatown
and The Pianist to declare his stance on the extradition process
requested by the , where the alleged offense occurred.

According to the court, the hearing will take place next Wednesday and
under no circumstances the absence of the 81-year-old filmmaker is
expected, said the lawyer of the artist, Jan Olszewski.

Polanksi
is accused of having had sexual intercourse with Samantha Geimer, a
minor that in 1977 was 13 years old. At that time, the director pleaded
guilty to the crime and spent 42 days in prison.

After his short
imprisonment, he was released on bail and then fled from the United
States in 1978 to its current location in Poland, days before the
hearing would determine the sentence and thus avoided a possibly more
severe punishment.

Since then Polanski, who won an Oscar in 2002, has not been allowed to step on US soil until the case is definitely closed.

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