Roman Polanski honoured with top Polish film award
5 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Polanski’s films include The Pianist, Rosemary’s Baby and Carnage
Roman Polanski has been given one of Poland’s top film awards in Krakow, where he is also facing a US extradition request over 1977 charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
The director was handed the Against the Current award at the Off Camera film festival on Friday.
The 81-year-old, who grew up in the city during World War Two, said he was “extremely touched” by the honour.
He is due back in court in Krakow for another hearing on 22 May.
Polanski has been wanted by US police since 1977, when he fled the country fearing a lengthy jail sentence after being charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
The Rosemary’s Baby director was held in Switzerland in 2009 after travelling to Zurich to pick up a prize at another film festival, but the extradition bid failed and he was eventually allowed to return to his home in France.
Timeline: Roman Polanski and the law
1977: Polanski is charged in the US with the rape of a 13-year-old girl. He also faces charges of sodomy, child molestation and giving drugs to a minor.
1978: Fearing that he may face a lengthy jail term, Polanski flees to the UK and then to France. A citizen of France, he is protected by the country’s limited extradition with the US.
2009: The US rejects Polanski’s request for the case against him to be dismissed. On a visit to Switzerland later that year, he is at first imprisoned and then placed under house arrest, as the authorities consider a US extradition request.
2010: Swiss authorities decide against extraditing Polanski, freeing him …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment