We knew the law would catch up with Roman Polanski sooner or later. The acclaimed director has been on the run from U.S. Law officials for over 30 years, and this weekend they finally caught up with him. Back in the late 1970′s Polanski was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a minor. The minor in question was Samantha Geimer, who is now a grown woman who’s openly forgiven the director for his past transgressions.
Too bad the Swiss police don’t have the same forgive and forget mentality, they arrested Polanski on Saturday when he arrived at the Zurich Film Festival to accept an award.
Polanski has been essentially banned from Hollywood filmmaking, a place where he made such classics as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. He’s been living in France for the duration of his 30 year plight, and even managed to win an Oscar for 2002′s The Pianist even though he couldn’t be present to accept the statue.
According to the LATimes, the big question is whether or not Polanksi will find himself once again on U.S. soil. If so, Los Angeles officials may finish what they started with the now 76 year old filmmaker. One might say that he’s already lived in shame long enough, while others want to see him legally own up to his actions. Either way, he loses.
What do you think should happen to Polanski, now that he’s been captured? Should he be sent to the U.S. and put on trail?