Film director Roman Polanski, notable for Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, has been detained for extradition to the US, whilst traveling to Switzerland to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zürich Film Festival.
Polanski spent the past three decades living in exile in France, which (unlike Switzerland) has no extradition treaty with the US, after being convicted of having raped a 13-year-old girl at a party.
The victim has asked for charges to be dropped, though Polanski has, until now, been a wanted man in the US. If he is extradited, he faces up to life imprisonment.
Not sure what’s more surprising, that Polanski was finally arrested or that he was arrested at all. It’s been so long, one just assumes authorities gave up caring.