Filmmaker Roman Polanski is breathing a sigh of relief after a request by the United States to have him extradited from Poland was turned down by a judge in Krakow, The New York Times reports.
Polanski, the director of “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” is wanted in the U.S. in a case that’s almost 40 years old. Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
“At a hearing in Krakow, Judge Dariusz Mazur ruled that turning over Mr. Polanski would be an ‘obviously unlawful’ deprivation of liberty and that California would be unlikely to provide humane living conditions for the filmmaker, who is 82,” The Times reports.
Polanski is quoted at a news conference following the ruling, saying: “I am very happy that the case is ending. This has been a tremendous burden on me and my family.”
Polanski is a citizen of France and Poland, and continues to make movies in Europe. He fled the U.S. after his plea in 1977 and has yet to be sentenced in the case.