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Switzerland Polanski 2 - WRAP Film director Roman Polanski arrested
09/27/2009
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NAME: SWI POLANSKI 2 20090927I TAPE: EF09/0918 IN_TIME: 10:02:19:09 DURATION: 00:03:21:23 SOURCES: AP/Telezurich DATELINE: Zurich, 27 Sept 2009/File RESTRICTIONS: See Shotlist SHOTLIST: TELEZURICH - NO ACCESS SWITZERLAND Zurich, Switzerland - 27 September 2009 1. Close-up of poster reading (English) "I want my master class with Polanski" held by people protesting at arrest of film director Roman Polanski 2. Close-up of poster reading (English) "Drop charges" 3. Mid shot of protesters holding posters protesting Polanski arrest 4. Close-up of poster accusing Swiss authorities of trading Swiss bankers' secrets for Roman Polanski with the US 5. Close-up of poster reads: (English) "Free Polanski" 6. Various of protesters and posters 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) No name given, woman protesting at Swiss arrest of Roman Polanski, vox pop: "I think it's an outrage what happened this morning. It seems to us having watched the documentary about everything that happened, the history of what happened, that this is clearly a way to hunt for publicity and not just for justice. The fact that it happened this morning out of every other day ever, when he was supposed to attend the film festival, seems like it is just for publicity. Like it has always been for every judge that tries this case, they were interested in publicity and PR not justice." AP TELEVISION Zurich, Switzerland - 27 September 2009 8. Wide of airport runway 9. Plane coming in to land 10. Airport terminal 11. Various of police headquarters 12. Wide shot exterior Zurich Film Festival venue 13. Various exteriors of venue TELEZURICH - NO ACCESS SWITZERLAND Zurich, Switzerland - 27 September 20009 14. Set-up shot of Otto Weisser, friend of Roman Polanski 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Otto Weisser, friend of Roman Polanski: "This is for me a shock, I am ashamed to be Swiss, that Swiss is doing such a thing to brilliant fantastic genius. That million and million people love his work, he's a brilliant guy and he made a little mistake 32 years ago. What a shame for Switzerland." AP TELEVISION Zurich, Switzerland - 27 September 2009 16. Wide shot lake, bridge, people sitting near water 17. Zurich Film Festival flags flying AP TELEVISION FILE: Cannes, France - 25 May 2005 18. Various of film director Roman Polanski on red carpet, being photographed AP TELEVISION FILE: Paris, France - 28 February 2008 19. Roman Polanski, Film Director leaving fashion show UPSOUND: voice over STORYLINE: Director Roman Polanski was arrested by Swiss police when he arrived in Zurich and the Oscar winner now faces possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, authorities said on Sunday. Polanski was due to receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival, when he was apprehended Saturday at the airport, the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. It said US authorities have sought the arrest of the 76-year-old director around the world since 2005. Polanski fled the US in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with the underaged girl. The director of such classic films as "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" has asked a US appeals court in California to overturn a judges' refusal to throw out his case. He claims misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it. The Swiss statement said Polanski was in "provisional detention for extradition," but added he would not be transferred to US authorities until all proceedings are completed. Polanski can contest his detention and any extradition decision in the Swiss courts, it said. Polanski has lived for the past three decades in France, where his career has continued to flourish, and he received a directing Oscar in absentia for the 2002 movie "The Pianist". Polanski has not been extradited from France because his crime reportedly was not covered under treaties between the United States and France. He has avoided travelling to countries likely to extradite him. For instance, he testified by video link from Paris in a 2005 libel trial in London against Vanity Fair magazine because he did not want to enter Britain for fear of being arrested. In Paris, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said he was "dumbfounded" by Polanski's arrest, adding that he "strongly regrets that a new ordeal is being inflicted on someone who has already experienced so many of them". Those comments referred to the fact that Polanski, a native of France who was taken to Poland by his parents, escaped Krakow's Jewish ghetto as a child and lived off the charity of strangers. His mother died at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. Polanski worked his way into filmmaking in Poland, gaining an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film in 1964 for his "Knife in the Water". Offered entry to Hollywood, he directed the classic "Rosemary's Baby" in 1968. But his life was shattered again in 1969 when his wife, actress Sharon Tate, and four other people were gruesomely murdered by followers of Charles Manson. Sharon Tate was eight months pregnant at the time. Polanski went on to make another American classic, "Chinatown", which was released in 1974. In 1977, he was accused of raping the teenager while photographing her during a modelling session. The girl said Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away. She said that, despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her. Polanski was allowed to plead guilty to one of six charges, unlawful sexual intercourse, and was sent to prison for 42 days of evaluation. Lawyers agreed that would be his full sentence, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. Aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time and require his voluntary deportation, Polanski fled to France. The victim, Samantha Geimer, who long ago identified herself publicly, has joined in Polanski's bid for dismissal, saying she wants the case to be over. She sued Polanski and reached an undisclosed settlement. Zurich Film Festival organisers said on Sunday that Polanski's detention had caused "shock and dismay," but said they would go ahead with Sunday's planned retrospective of the director's work. Otto Weisser, a friend of Polanski told reporters "I am ashamed to be Swiss, that Swiss is doing such a thing to brilliant fantastic genius. That million and million people love his work, he's a brilliant guy and he made a little mistake 20 years ago." "What a shame for Switzerland", he said.
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