Late last year, director Roman Polanski had filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Court to have the outstanding charges of sexual misconduct against him dismissed. The charges date back to 1977, when Polanski was accused of luring 13-year-old Samantha Geimer back to Jack Nicholson’s house where they had sexual intercourse (although he claimed it was consensual, she was underage and drugged). Polanski fled the U.S. and has lived in France ever since, unable to return under threat of being arrested. Although his request to have the case dismissed was denied, the judge agreed to retry him, if he appeared in court. That never happened.
Now, today, it appears that authorities have taken steps to resolve the case once and for all. After arriving in Zurich, Switzerland to attend the Zurich Film Festival, he was arrested. Festival organizers had planned to present Polanski with a lifetime achievement award, but now he is being detained with the possibility of extradition to the United States. Ouch! It seems crazy that the man may now finally face charges after so long. I’m not even saying the charges were undeserved, but after 30 years, people change and the world moves on. What do you think, is Polanski finally getting what was coming to him, or does the U.S. justice system simply have something to prove?