Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited to U.S. From Poland

Roman Polanski Dreyfus Affair
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Roman Polanski has escaped the threat of extradition from Poland to the U.S. Prosecutors in Krakow, Poland, said Friday that they would not challenge a local court ruling that the director should not be extradited as they had found no grounds for an appeal.

“An analysis of evidence collected in the case … allows one to say that the stance of the court on denying the extradition of Roman Polanski to U.S. authorities is correct,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The decision brings to an end efforts by the U.S. government to bring Polanski back to the U.S. from Poland to face justice for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl at a photo shoot in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Polanski, who holds both Polish and French citizenship, is now free to live and work in Poland.

“Speaking for Polanski, I can say that we feel a great relief that this case has ended. And this means that it will be possible for Polanski to start making a planned film in Poland,” Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski’s lawyers, said, Reuters reported.

Polanski has said he would like to shoot a film about the Dreyfus Affair in Poland, but only if he did not face the threat of extradition. The lead producer on the project is France’s Robert Benmussa, who last year said the budget would be €35 million ($37.1 million). The film, which is based on Robert Harris’ novel “An Officer and a Spy,” will be an international co-production made in English with English and American actors, Benmussa said.

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  1. Mel DuPont says:

    He didn’t “have sex” with a 13-year-old. He drugged and anally raped a minor, was convicted in U.S. court, then skipped out on sentencing.

    Read the court transcripts, Leo. He raped her.

  2. Jay Sotkowy says:

    Chock one up for the good guys!

  3. Shawn says:

    Who cares if he ever makes a movie. This guy had sex with a 13 year old. What’s wrong with Hollywood. Shameful

  4. SVP says:

    Guess that means no ESPY for him. They’ll just to have to find another sick freak to give their award to and keep the tradition going. Bruce Jenner

  5. Herb says:

    He didn’t “drug” her. He gave her one of her own Quaaludes. She took them sometimes and they were legal at that time. Samantha had sex before. Since nobody was there we don’t know if it was rape.
    Since Samantha forgave him publicly, I doubt it.

  6. BillUSA says:

    I’m ashamed of my part-Polish descent since they find it acceptable to host a pedophile. Can’t say much for the country that I call home for allowing Woody Allen to roam free either. Any regular person would be paraded for all to see while the prosecutor’s pat themselves on the back. But since Polanski and Allen make millions they are somehow immune from justice.

  7. Marty Gillis says:

    Nobody seems to remember Roman Polanski’s circumstances of the time. As a young child he escaped the Nazi death camps where most of his family were murdered and walked across Europe to safety.That’s enough to screw-up anyone, yet more misery was to be heaped upon him in the form of the Manson family murdering his wife and unborn child.

    While I agree this does not give one license to have sex with underage partners and doesn’t excuse the behavior, it certainly does MITIGATE it.

    Being a cinematic genius shouldn’t excuse this either, but the bottom line is that everyone deserves a break and in this case I do believe Roman Polanski has given back more than he has taken. “The Pianist” is a masterpiece and a living testament to the suffering in the Polish Ghetto during WW2. This film and many others would never have been made if that slap happy judge in CA had his way. Even the “victim” is on his side at this point.

    I say, GOOD FOR YOU Roman! To HELL with all the Naysayers!

    • BillUSA says:

      Your love of artist’s and their work has skewed your sense of decency.

    • Frank says:

      Review your style guide. An adult inserting his genitals into a drugged 13 year old girl is not having “underage sex”, he is a committing rape. Thirteeen! The fact that he dragged this out so long that he was able to exploit the victims fatigue and offer cash compensation doesnt absolve him of his criminal charges. He still owes this society prison time. I’m just glad that EVERY single conversation on this mans work is forever accompanied with the fact that he was a fugitive from justice for having drugged and sodomised a thirteen year old girl. He can run from justice but his legacy cant.

      • Dave J. says:

        Although, I don’t condone underage sex or on some people’s definition of rape, by witch hunting a case that happened more than 20 years ago, must also have to realize that it used to happen a lot, and not so much anymore! The only difference in this case, is that Polanski’s situation has to receive more media scrutiny and coverage, enough of it so it would seem that he committed that act or those acts like he done them yesterday, as opposed to 20 years ago! I mean, if that is the case, then why doesn’t the American justice system go after Corey Feldman and Cory Haim’s perpetrators or other perpetrators of many child actors since that was how the wealthy establishment or producers used to have a history of doing which is child exploitation! If you ask me, Polanski’s has already been punished enough since he’s been restricted from filming in specific countries for a long time, and to “some” that can be interpreted as punishable enough! Let it go ppl, theirs much more serious crimes that needed to be addressed, such as the senseless shooting of a black teenager in Chicago!

  8. 85wzen says:

    Boy! They sure look like ignoramuses in their pursuit of him! Even the young girl who is not 50 something says leave him alone! Boy their stupid!

  9. Occultology says:

    This Roman Polanski crusade is greatly misunderstood. Try making a movie about Satanism and Devil Worship and see where that gets you in Showbiz and Politics. The “13 year old victim” is in, and of itself, what is known as an “Occult Signature”, and there are many swirling around Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate (his wonderful wife and actress). Roman Polanski’s Signature Film is, of course, “Rosemary’s Baby”, and this little movie is at the centerpiece of all of Roman Polanski’s legal and political troubles; all of the film was shot on Paramount studio property, except for 2 scenes — the exterior outside of the Bramford (actually, it is the Dakota Building) where Angela Dorian (Victoria Vetri) “dies” after “falling” from the roof, and the final shot in the movie, where the camera itself veers up and away from the EXACT SPOT where John Lennon was ritually assassinated 13 YEARS LATER! (The camera sequence certainly does come across the screen to the viewer as if it were an eternal soul departing from a dead body). Not convinced yet that making movies about Satanism and Occult Devil Worship can be hazardous to one’s own existence? Well, see if there are any innocent explainations among these facts: Sharon Tate made a grand total of 13 film/television appearances (including a cameo in the party scene in “Rosemary’s Baby”, directed by her husband). Sharon Tate’s FIRST movie was entitled “13”, before it was re-titled and released as “Eye of the Devil”, and her 13th and FINAL appearance was in “The 13 Chairs”, which was re-titled and released after her death as “12 + 1” (13!). This is all similar to what happened to poor Stanley Kubrick, who also only directed 13 motion pictures over his career, after he faked the “Apollo 11 – 17 Lunar Footage” for NASA while he was supposedly working on the four year shoot of his Signature Film, “2001: A Space Odyssey” — so isn’t it remarkably interesting that Stanley Kubrick just so happened to “die” on the 66th day of 1999 (March 7th) EXACTLY 666 DAYS BEFORE NEW YEARS’ DAY, JANUARY 1st, 2001!!! Now you may be starting to comprehend why Witches and Warlocks use the HOLLY – WOOD when they cast their Spells upon Society. Roman Polanski is the Victim in this diabolical public relations smear campaign (because if one cannot physically eliminate their enemy, the next best thing is to irreparably damage their intended Victim’s public image beyond repair); a counterfeit morals charge, such as Pedophilia towards “A 13 Year Old Girl” damages his worldwide public prestige and image quite thoroughly, don’t ya think?!

    • Dee says:

      Polanski’s signature film is China Town, one of the best movies ever made. Robert Townes screenplay is a staple at any reputable film school.

  10. Je vizzusi says:

    I was in LA in the biz when the events unfolded. I remember reading Roman by Polanski which explains in detail how the crime went down. People do not realuze this was a casting call for Tess and Roman did his own still photography and took the victim outdoors and shot her topless. After returning to Jack’s Nicholson house a party issued along with the victim’s mother. After that its mostly hearsay, Angelica Houston was present at the casting. Drugs and Booze and underage talent. This was horrible behavior for a major Director just coming off China Town. Once after the arrest he took flight it becomes a Federal case. The books remain open until he faces the music. That is the law. Countries that refuse to extradite need to be sanctioned and scolded by our government. Its the only way this case can close, for Roman to be resentenced in the County in Los Angeles where the original trial took place.. the only way!

  11. Helena says:

    He didn’t ‘have sex’ with a 13 year old. He raped her. God, why is this concept so difficult to understand. 13 yo is a child!

  12. Dave says:

    “For having had sex with a 13-year-old girl at a photo shoot in Los Angeles”?
    Polanski gave the 13 year old wine, a Quaalude, then sodomized her at Jack Nicholson’s home…
    Funny how the liberal media love minimizing what he did.

    • teriekwilliams says:

      I’m so tired of that term “liberal media” and it’s application to everything. The overwhelming majority of liberals and conservatives are against sexual assault and rape. One writer doesn’t represent the entire media. I hate when people politicize everything.

    • John says:

      This is false. People always forget to mention that it was HER Quaalude he gave her. She took them herself sometimes. And they were legal at that time. And people always forget to mention that little Samantha already had sex before she met Polanski, probably to make her look more innocent. And last but not least people always forget to mention that 13-year-old Samantha looked very much like a 16-year-old. Polanski has no history of being a pedophile at all. Yes, he was into younger women like 1 billion other men, too. Yes, it was wrong and he paid a price for it. Now move on, people. He’s 82 and no danger to anyone.

  13. Michael Anthony says:

    Yes, the great director has suffered far too much, for too many years! Plus, the vuctine doesn’t want the case to go forward, after all this time, so all these courts don’t do a thing.

    BULL! Child molestation charges have always been on the table because he ran in fear before the trial. He’s spun so many tales of fear and wrongdoing by the vindictive US, you’d think HE was the victim! He’s a master manipulator. And regardless if how families and victims feel, cases go forward unless they are dropped for other issues, like new DNA evidence.

    Just remember these countries that have sheltered him. Next time they want a suspect back, hang up on them, again and again.

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