Samantha Geimer Forgives Roman Polanski
Film director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland late Saturday as he arrived at the Zurich airport. The arrest means possible extradition to the United States in connection with a 32-year-old sex case involving Samantha Geimer who was 13 years old at the time .
According to The New York Times, Polanski, 76, a French citizen, was detained as he arrived to receive an award at the Zurich Film Festival. He previously carefully avoided any travel to Switzerland, fearing possible arrest by authorities there.
The Times reported the following:
Mr. Polanski was initially indicted in 1977 on six felony charges that included rape, sodomy and providing a controlled substance to Ms. Geimer.
He eventually pleaded guilty to one count of having sex with a minor but left the country after becoming convinced he would be sent back to jail after having a 42-day psychiatric evaluation in state prison.
He has not openly visited the country since, giving his acceptance speech for an Oscar for directing “The Pianist” by satellite from Europe.
The victim in the case, Samantha Geimer, has expressed forgiveness for Mr. Polanski. She told the LosAngeles Times that, “”It’s been a long time,” she said. “I don’t wish for him to be held to further punishment or consequences.”