ROMAN POLANSKI FRUSTRATED BY ONGOING 1970S SEX CASE
Friday, September 06, 2013 - Reclusive filmmaker Roman Polanski has opened up about his frustrations surrounding the ongoing legal ramifications of his 1970s sex scandal in a candid new interview with Vanity Fair magazine.
The veteran star fled America and became an exile in France in the late 1970s after he was indicted on unlawful sex charges, including the rape of Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when she met the Chinatown director at a party.
The scandal reared up again in 2009 when Polanski was arrested in Switzerland and threatened with extradition to the U.S. to face the 30-year-old sex charges, but he won his extradition battle and was allowed to return home
Polanski has now spoken out about his longrunning legal ordeal, claiming he initially went on the run because he was convinced the judge overseeing the case would sentence him to up to 50 years behind bars, despite having already served 42 days in jail as part of a 1977 plea bargain.
He tells Vanity Fair, "It was such a shock to learn that it's not finished (after completing his side of the plea deal), after they let you out of prison. Free! With your bundle under your arm, with the lawyer waiting for you outside, standing there, in your mind it's all over, it's finished. And then the judge changed his mind (about the plea deal). And I have to go back to prison, and nobody knows how long. I just could not go through that."
Polanski goes on to reveal his 2009 arrest came as a real surprise because the director had been "moving freely for 32 years" between his homes and his set locations in countries like Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
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