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The Roman Polanski Interview

In his first interview since being jailed in Switzerland in 2009, Oscar-winning director Polanski talks about the 1977 case of unlawful sex with a minor that led him to flee the U.S, and prompted his arrest two years ago. In the Swiss TV interview, the me

Roman Polanski in his first interview since his release from a Swiss prison and house arrest
Roman Polanski in his first interview since his release from a Swiss prison and house arrest
Darius Rochebin

ZURICH - Legendary director Roman Polanski has granted his first interview since being arrested and jailed in 2009 by Swiss police on a three-decades-old warrant for having fled the US after being charged with unlawful sex with an underage girl. Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in the United States in 1977, but later fled the country before his sentencing. The Paris-born Polish-raised Holocaust survivor spoke with Darius Rochebin of Swiss channel TSR about his legal troubles, and about a life of both triumph and tragedy.

Your movie, Carnage, which was welcomed with wild applause at the Venice Film Festival, was also awarded the Prix d'honneur at the Zurich Film Festival. After the disgrace of being in prison, do you find these back-to-back honors ironic?
Roman Polanski: This is something I have been used to for 34 years. We mustn't forget that I went to prison. I did my time. That's why I left the United States at the time, because they wanted to send me back. But this time, it was more bearable. I wasn't the same restless, young, jet-setting director that I used to be.

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