The two-year extradition case involving Roman Polanski, the director of “Chinatown,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Repulsion” and other cinema classics, is over. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Supreme Court of Poland closed the case, rejecting the Polish government’s request to extradite Polanski to the U.S.
The Oscar-winning director, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, lives in France and has been an exile from the U.S. since a 1977 conviction in California in a child sex case.
“U.S. authorities launched extradition proceedings after Polanski arrived in Krakow in 2014 to announce plans to make a film there,” THR notes.
The report adds: “Michael Laskowski, chairman of the Supreme Court, was quoted on Tuesday by the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza as saying that the court found it ‘legally unacceptable’ to cancel the October 2015 ruling by a Krakow court against the extradition of Polanski.”
Polanski won the Oscar for Best Director for “The Pianist” in 2003, but was not present to receive the trophy. He is considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S. since he fled the country before he could be jailed in the 1977 case.