Polish Government Might Extradite Roman Polanski to the United States
Published Oct 27, 2015Veteran director Roman Polanski is infamous for reasons both good and very bad. The 82-year-old boasts a filmography that's reputable in many circles, but he's also a convicted sex offender. In 1977, he was found guilty of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the United States. He quickly fled to France, who forbid the extradition of their citizens.
Polanski has recently spent time in Poland, where he was shooting a new film about the Dreyfus affair. In that time, the country elected a new government with Jarosław Kaczyński and the Law and Justice party. Now, Kaczyński is outspoken about extraditing Polanski.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Kaczyński made Polanski a big part of his campaign. "There was open talk that he should not be made responsible for his deeds because he is an outstanding, world-famous film-maker," the politician said. "We will totally reject this attitude."
Polanski is due in court on October 30, and the trial could lead to his extradition. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.