The well-known movie director, Roman Polanski, was recently arrested in Zurich, Switzerland by Swiss authorities because of a sex crime he committed in the United States in 1977.
In 1978, Polanski fled the U.S. to avoid sentencing for the charges against him – he allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl.
According to a New York Times report, supporters of the director are asking the question, “Why now?” After all, this crime was committed in a different country more than 30 years ago.
The Los Angeles district attorney’s office says the arrest was simply a matter of opportunity – Polanski was in a place at a time when the authorities “knew he would be available.”
Many people wonder why the arrest wasn’t made in the past, because authorities have apparently had the opportunity before, the New York Times reported.
Polanski has openly traveled around the world in the last 30 years – but has avoided visits to countries like Britain where extradition might be easier for Los Angeles authorities to achieve.
According to the New York Times, the victim of Polanski’s crime has publicly forgiven him.
Polanski, now 76, has appealed to Swiss authorities for his release, and a decision should be reached in the coming weeks. His defense lawyers have not made any official decisions regarding the case.
Many members of the film-directing world are very upset by the decision of American and Swiss authorities to arrest the Oscar-winning director.