Good thing this happened in 1977, because if he were on To Catch A Predator, the world would not be so forgiving!
French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner called the arrest of the director a "bit sinister".
The Swiss Directors Association believes that the sudden arrest is "not only a grotesque farce of justice, but also an immense cultural scandal" as authorities knew exactly where to find Polanksi, although Switzerland does not perform passport checks.
And his biggest supporter is famed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein!
"We're calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation," said Weinstein, who is probably funding the director's next project.
A petition has even been signed by filmmakers and actors including Monica Bellucci and Fanny Ardant urging authories to release Polanski.
It has also been said that French President Sarkozy is following the case "with great attention".
Legal representatives for the director are set to challenge the arrest and any attempts to bring him to the United States.
Samantha Geimer, the victim of the case, has asked for the charges to be dropped as she has sued Polanski and reached an undisclosed settlement.
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