Roman Polanski rape case to be reopened? Here’s a timeline from 1977

  • AFP, Warsaw
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 17:00 IST
In this file photo taken in Krakow, Poland, Oct. 30, 2015, filmmaker Roman Polanski talks to reporters after a Polish judge ruled that the Polish law forbids his extradition to the US, where in 1977 he pleaded guilty to having had sex with a minor. (AP)

Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced on Tuesday he will appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski should not face extradition to the United States to face sentencing over a case of statutory rape.

It is the latest twist in a case that dates back to 1977.

-- 1977 --

March 10: Polanski, aged 43, invites 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer) to take part in a fashion photo session at the Hollywood home of actor Jack Nicholson. The girl tells her mother that Polanski plied her with alcohol and drugs and raped her.

April 15: Polanski goes on trial on charges including rape and sodomy. He initially pleads not guilty, but under a plea bargain agreement, admits the charge of having unlawful sex with a minor. He is ordered to undergo three months of psychiatric tests.

This 1967 photo shows film producer Gene Gutowski, left, and director Roman Polanski. (AP)

-- 1978 --

February: After a month and a half in the state prison at Chino, California, Polanski flees the United States to avoid the risk of a hefty sentence. He settles in France, where he was born and has citizenship. France refuses an extradition request.

-- 1994 --

Polanski reaches a civil agreement to pay damages to the woman he assaulted. California refuses to lift the criminal charges.

-- 2003 --

March: Polanski is awarded an Oscar for his film The Pianist. Geimer issues a statement saying she has forgiven Polanski, but confirming that he raped her. Fearing arrest, the director stays away from the Oscars ceremony.

In this May 2002 photo, producer Gene Gutowski, right, chats with film director Roman Polanski in Cannes, France. (AP)

-- 2009 --

September 26: Polanski is arrested upon arrival in Zurich, Switzerland, for a film festival, pending an extradition request from the US.

October 23: US authorities submit a formal extradition request.

November 25: A Swiss court authorises Polanski’s release on bail and on the condition that he remains under effective house arrest at his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad.

-- 2010 --

April 22: A California court rejects a request by Geimer to drop the charges against Polanski. Geimer says she has suffered health problems after being hounded by media.

May 15: A 42-year-old British actress, Charlotte Lewis, alleges that Polanski sexually abused her when she was 16. Lewis’s attorney said the actress was speaking out to counter suggestions that the US case against Polanski was based on an isolated event.

July 12: Switzerland rejects the US extradition request and Polanski is freed.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski looks on as he attends a news conference in Krakow, Poland.

-- 2014 --

October: The US asks Poland to arrest Polanski as he travels to Warsaw for the opening of a Jewish museum. Polish prosecutors question the filmmaker but do not detain him.

-- 2015 --

January 7: The US asks Poland to extradite Polanski.

May 8: The Krakow court examining the demand asks the US for more information.

October 30: The court decides against extraditing Polanski, ruling the US request “inadmissible”.

November 27: The prosecutor’s office in Krakow says the decision “to refuse to hand Roman Polanski over to US authorities was justified”.

In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo filmmaker Roman Polanski, centre, with his lawyers, arrives at the regional court in his childhood city of Krakow, Poland. (AP)

-- 2016 --

May 31: Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro says he will appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn the previous decision that Polanski should not face extradition.

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