Roman Polanski arrested over unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer
Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning film director, was arrested by Swiss authorities Saturday on a 31-year-old arrest warrant for having illegal sex with an underage girl.
Polanski was arrested before the start of the Zurich Film Festival, where he was due to receive a lifetime achievement award.
He was detained in 1977 and charged with giving alcohol and sedatives to Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old at that time, and having sex with her at the Los Angeles home of Jack Nicholson.
According to reports, Nicholson was not at home, but his girlfriend at the time, actress Anjelica Huston, was.
The 76-year-old filmmaker, who now lives permanently in Paris, fled the United States in 1978 before he was sentenced and is considered an international fugitive.
Polanski’s film credits include Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Tragedy of Macbeth and The Pianist.