Roman Polanski

French female lawyers publish open letter defending filmmaker Roman Polanski and the presumption of innocence

By Will Morrow, 13 March 2020

In its defense of democratic rights, the letter is an indictment not only of the anti-Polanski witch-hunt, but the entire #MeToo campaign that began in the US two years ago.

Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s wife, calls invitation to join movie Academy “insufferable hypocrisy”

By David Walsh, 11 July 2018

In her open letter, Seigner angrily writes, “This proposal is one insult too many. I cannot remain silent any longer. You offend me while claiming to want to protect women!”

Request to extradite Roman Polanski to US rejected by Polish Supreme Court

By Dorota Niemitz, 10 December 2016

In 2014 the US authorities requested that the veteran film director, a dual Polish and French citizen, who spends part of his time in Poland, be extradited to America.

8 December 2016

Right-wing Polish government revives effort to extradite Roman Polanski

By Alan Gilman, 9 June 2016

The new attempt by the Polish government to extradite Polanski is the latest chapter in the US government’s vindictive pursuit of the filmmaker.

Poland will not extradite Roman Polanski to the US

By Dorota Niemitz, 31 October 2015

American authorities sought Polanski’s deportation to the US during the director’s visit to attend the opening ceremony of the museum on the history of Polish Jews in October 2014.

Polish court delays decision in Polanski extradition case

By Dorota Niemitz, 7 March 2015

The 81-year-old filmmaker testified February 25 for nine hours in Krakow in the extradition case filed against him by US authorities.

Film director Roman Polanski questioned, released in Poland

By David Walsh, 3 November 2014

Washington’s vindictive effort is the latest episode in a campaign to return the director to the US based on his having pled guilty in 1977 to having sex with an underage girl.

“Justice had nothing to do with it”

An interview with Richard Brenneman, journalist who covered the Polanski trial

By David Walsh, 30 July 2010

Swiss authorities announced July 12 that 76-year-old filmmaker Roman Polanski would not be extradited to the US. Polanski was arrested September 26, 2009 on his arrival in Zurich to attend a film festival. He remained under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad until the Swiss justice ministry rendered its recent decision.

Swiss authorities decide against extraditing Roman Polanski

By David Walsh, 13 July 2010

The Swiss decision not to extradite Roman Polanski is a blow to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and the US Justice Department, whose vindictive, politically-motivated campaign against the filmmaker has now come apart.

Roman Polanski releases statement denouncing legal witch-hunt

By Hiram Lee, 4 May 2010

Roman Polanski issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing the efforts of US authorities to return him to the US for sentencing.

Court denies filmmaker’s appeal

Vindictive prosecution of Polanski continues

By David Walsh, 24 April 2010

On Thursday a California appeals court denied an appeal by filmmaker Roman Polanski to be sentenced in absentia for having sex with an underage girl in 1977. This opens the door to Polanski’s possible extradition to the US to face sentencing in person.

Appeal by Polanski’s lawyers exposes new details of judicial misconduct

By Hiram Lee, 20 March 2010

An appeal filed by attorneys for Roman Polanski reveals new details regarding judicial misconduct in his 1977 case. It is now known that the presiding judge admitted to misconduct, and that the district attorney's office refused to have him removed.

A further comment on Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer

By David Walsh, 5 March 2010

The Ghost Writer centers on a British writer who makes his living writing about other people’s lives in their name. He is hired by a major US publishing firm to work up the memoirs of a former British prime minister.

California appeals court refuses to dismiss case against Roman Polanski

By Hiram Lee, 23 December 2009

A California appeals court has denied Roman Polanski’s request that his case be dismissed. The written decision of the court leaves several legal options open to the director, and urges an investigation into judicial misconduct in his previous court proceedings.

Held in Swiss jail for two months

Film director Roman Polanski to be freed on bail

By David Walsh, 28 November 2009

The Swiss justice ministry announced Thursday that it would not appeal a court ruling handed down the day before permitting filmmaker Roman Polanski’s release on bail, opening the way for the director to be freed within the next several days.

An evaluation of Roman Polanski as an artist

By David Walsh, 20 November 2009

Filmmaker Roman Polanski remains in a Zurich jail cell, while his lawyers fight the efforts by US authorities to extradite him. The director has a half-century-long artistic career that needs to be assessed.

An evaluation of Roman Polanski as an artist—Part 2

By David Walsh, 19 November 2009

Filmmaker Roman Polanski remains in a Zurich jail cell, while his lawyers fight the efforts by US authorities to extradite him. The director has a half-century-long artistic career that needs to be assessed.

An evaluation of Roman Polanski as an artist—Part 1

By David Walsh, 18 November 2009

Filmmaker Roman Polanski remains in a Zurich jail cell, while his lawyers fight the efforts by US authorities to extradite him. The director has a half-century-long artistic career that needs to be assessed.

The US government’s double standard on extradition: CIA agents vs. Roman Polanski

By David Walsh, 6 November 2009

The US government promises that it will not hand over to Italy convicted CIA agents, guilty of abetting torture, should that country request their extradition. It has adopted a different attitude toward filmmaker Roman Polanski.

US formally requests extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski

By Hiram Lee, 27 October 2009

The United States has formally requested that filmmaker Roman Polanski be extradited from Switzerland. New details of the Swiss government’s role in Polanski’s arrest have now come to light.

Roman Polanski refused bail by Swiss court

By Hiram Lee, 21 October 2009

The Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland has refused to release filmmaker Roman Polanski on bail.

Letters on Roman Polanski

12 October 2009

The following is a selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to articles on the arrest of Roman Polanski.

The sordid coalition pursuing filmmaker Roman Polanski

By David Walsh, 8 October 2009

The effort to vilify film director Roman Polanski and have him extradited to the United States has become the rallying point for a broader campaign against “Hollywood liberals,” intellectuals, artists, and non-conformists of all sorts.

Roman Polanski denied bail in Switzerland

By Hiram Lee, 7 October 2009

The Swiss Justice Ministry has denied Roman Polanski's request for release from prison while awaiting extradition. The media frenzy surrounding the case continues.

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired: Laying bare the facts of the 1978 case

By Hiram Lee, 5 October 2009

The 2008 documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired exposes the character of the legal proceedings from which Roman Polanski fled in 1978.

The New York Times throws Roman Polanski to the wolves

By David Walsh and David North, 1 October 2009

The arrest of film director Roman Polanski in Switzerland and his threatened extradition to the US have stirred the baying hounds of ‘law and order’ into action. To these reactionary voices, we can now add the editorial board of the New York Times.

Director Roman Polanski faces months in Swiss prison

By Hiram Lee, 30 September 2009

Film director Roman Polanski could spend months in a Swiss prison following his September 26 arrest in Zürich. Protests against the detention of the renowned filmmaker continue to mount.

International protests against arrest of film director Roman Polanski

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2009

Expressions of shock and anger are mounting internationally over the arrest Saturday night of Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski.