Roman Polanski's freedom is "unjust." Swiss offificals set forth the decision to free the 76 year old criminally charged with unlawful sex with a 13 year old girl in 1977. Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 and a warrant for his arrest within the U.S. remains active potentially barring Polanski from returning to American soil.
Prosecutors from Los Angeles, California, to officials in Washington have declared a "disappointment" and "injustice." State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley stated "The United States believes that the rape of a 13-year-old child by an adult is a crime, and we continue to pursue justice in this case." L.A. prosecuters believe that Polanski's case was mishandled 30 years ago and that Polanski must return to the States to settle matters.
Polanski is an acclaimed film director with titles like Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, and The Pianist. Polanski allegedly fed champagne and drugs to Samatha Geimer at the home of Jack Nicholson in 1977. Polanski then allegedly had sex with Geimer against her will. Polanski was charged with six felonies following the attack and the charges were later reduced to unlawful sexual intercourse during a plea bargin. The night before Polanski's sentencing, Polanski fled the U.S. and remained a fugitive until he was arrested in Zurich in September 2009.
Polanski's victim maintains that she is "satisfied" with the Swiss decision not to extradite Polanski and has asked that the case be thrown out. Geimer reported to French Radio Europe 1 on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, that she is pleased "with this decision" and has "hope that the district attorney will now close the case and get over it once and for all."