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Oscar-winning director Roman Polanksi was arrested in Switzerland on Saturday, and faces extradition back to the U.S., for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
According to the Associated Press, the director was taken into custody upon his arrival in Switzerland, where he was set to receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival.
"There was a valid arrest request and we knew when he was coming," ministry spokesman Guido Balmer said. "That's why he was taken into custody."
In a statement released by Swiss authorities, Polanski is said to be in "provisional detention for extradition," but will not be transferred to U.S. authorities until all proceedings are completed. He has the right to contest his detention and any extradition decision in Swiss courts.
U.S. police have been attempting to arrest the director since 2005, but he had – until now – managed to avoid traveling to countries from which he might be remanded into U.S. custody.
The Pianist director pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in the '70s, but fled the country before his sentencing. He then asked a judge to dismiss the case against him. Polanski has lived in France for the last 30 years, but earlier this year a California judge demanded he return to the U.S. in order to formally apply for the case's dismissal. Polanski refused and the judge denied his request.
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