French Offical Denounces Swiss Arrest of Director Roman Polanski

"He hears that he might be arrested if he goes to another country, so he doesn't go," she said, using England as an example.

If and when Polanski is extradited, she said, he will appear in a Los Angeles court. Gibbons said Switzerland is just one of several countries U.S. authorities have worked with to take Polanski into custody.

"We have made requests through diplomatic channels where we've received info that he will be traveling to other countries that have a treaty with the U.S.," she said, calling Polanski a "fugitive." "There has been several times where we have prepared necessary documents with the countries that have treaties with the U.S."

The French foreign ministry released a statement today confirming that Polanski's lawyers were in touch with French authorities shortly after his arrest in Switzerland.

"Our ambassador in Switzerland and our General Consul in Zurich immediately reached out to Swiss authorities in order to have as rapidly as possibly the right to consular visit," the statement read, adding that French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has reached out to his Swiss counterpart.

"He emphasized the wish by French authorities that M. Polanski's rights be fully respected and that this case finds rapidly a favourable outcome," the statement read.

Polanski, who has appeared in small, often uncredited roles in his films, rose to fame in the 1960s and '70s as the director of movies such as 1968's "Rosemary's Baby" and 1974's "Chinatown." He was briefly married to actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered, along with the couple's unborn son, in 1969 by a group of Charles Manson followers.

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After a period of relative quiet in the 1980s and '90s, Polanski burst back on the scene with 2002's "The Pianist," the tale of a Polish Jew trying to survive the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

The film earned three Oscars including for Best Actor and Best Director, though Polanski, due to the warrant for his arrest if he returned to the United States, was unable to attend the ceremony. He did, however, receive a standing ovation from many audience members when his name was announced.

He was also the subject of a 2008 documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" that explored the frenetic judicial process after he was arrested and the media circus that enveloped the case.

Polanski became involved with the 13-year-old girl, Samantha Geimer, after her mother approved a private photo shoot in hopes of furthering the teen's acting career.

She said he supplied her with champagne and Quaaludes and assaulted her at the then-home of actor Jack Nicholson, who starred in Polanski's "Chinatown." Nicholson's then-girlfriend, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston, was at the house at the time.

In 2003, Geimar spoke to ABC News and said she wished Polanski would return to the U.S. to end the ordeal for both of them.

"I would love to see him resolve it," Geimer said at the time. "And I think we've always had the position of, you know, the sooner the better."

Geimer said that after Polanski's arrest, she and her mother were blamed for the incident.

"You know after the publicity came out and stuff, I knew it was just as bad for him as it was for me," Geimer told ABC News. "I'm sure if he could I'm sure he'd go back and wouldn't do it again."

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