Roman Polanski attended a court hearing in Poland on Wednesday, where a US request for extradition regarding the decades-long charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl was weighed by Krakow judge Dariusz Mazur. The hearing, though closed to the public due to the case’s sensitive nature, lasted nine hours and according to NYT, Polanski left court “exhausted.”
“It was quite painful. I had to talk about things I’d rather forget,” said Polanski of the proceedings. This is Polanski’s latest bid to toss out the sexual abuse conviction that has haunted him since 1977, a year before he fled to exile in Europe.
The judge said the court would not make a ruling Wednesday. Another hearing is scheduled for April. If the judge rules in favor of the US’ extradition request, the verdict could be overruled by the justice minister. But if the request is denied, the ruling is final.
The US has been chasing the dual French-and-Polish Polanski for nearly four decades, going back to 1977 when he was charged with drugging and raping Samantha Geimer; Polanski was imprisoned for psychiatric evaluation but absconded before sentencing.
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