It looks like Roman Polanski will remain in exile.
On October 30, a court in Poland denied Roman’s extradition to the United States to face conviction for the 1977 rape of a then 13-year-old model, Samantha Geimer.
For those who don’t know, Polanski was convicted of six counts of sexual assault against Sam but ultimately his lawyer had the charges reduced to one. While the director spent 42 days in a California penitentiary and underwent psychiatric treatment for the crime, he fled to his native country of France after rumors spread that the presiding judge intended to take back the plea deal for more jail time.
Ever since the husband of the late Sharon Tate (the pregnant actress was murdered at the hands of the Manson family) fled the country hours before sentencing, he has faced legal battles abroad.
In 2009, R.P. was arrested in Switzerland and held for a few months upon the United State’s request for extradition. Ultimately, the Chinatown filmmaker was released by Swiss authorities.
Cut to 2015 and the latest extradition request has been DENIED by a Polish court where the 82-year-old is currently living.
Citing Roman’s age as a primary concern, the presiding judge added:
“I do not find any logical, rational explanation as to why the U.S. is pursuing the extradition.”
Sheesh. Will this case ever find a lawful conclusion?
As for Geimer, she wasn’t as devastated by the decision as one might think. After years and years of controversy, the world weary blonde mostly blames the press and authorities for essentially setting the stage for Polanski’s escape. In fact, Samantha claims the authorities in 1977 failed to believe her story at first, which bought the film buff time he shouldn’t have had.
Check out an official statement from S.G. (below):
Yep, it seems like poor Samantha isn’t surprised.
So, do YOU think Roman will ever face the music?
[Image via WENN.]