Roman Polanski Arrested In Switzerland

On Saturday Director Roman Polanski was traveling to the Zurich Film Festival to receive a lifetime achievement award when he was arrested in connection with 31-year-old statutory rape charges. From the LA Times:

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office learned last week that Polanski had plans to travel to Zurich this weekend, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors sent a provisional arrest warrant to the U.S. Justice Department, which presented it to Swiss authorities. On at least two previous occasions, the district attorney’s office has received reports that Polanski had travel arrangements to countries with extradition treaties with the U.S. and prepared paperwork for his arrest, Gibbons said.

It is uncertain at this time when or if Polanski will be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges. Fingers crossed.