Question in Polanski Arrest: Why Now? [IHT]
[DW] (...) Polanski, now 76, pleaded guilty three decades ago to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He fled the United States in 1978 before sentencing and has never returned, even missing the Oscar award for "The Pianist" in 2003.
But fellow-director Krzysztof Zanussi's controversial comments in Polanski's favor have caused a stir. "If he (Polanski) wasn't a famous personality, the fact that he used the services of a teenage prostitute 30 years in Los Angeles, a city known for its free and easy morals, wouldn't have any impact today," Zanussi said in a television interview. (...)
What about it? And Why Now?
Guardian: (...) But all the rumours of a legal settlement that would allow Polanski to return to America and to work in Los Angeles have come to nothing. The original guilty plea has still to be sentenced. In addition, Polanski has broken bail. And now Zurich, and Switzerland, have set the game in motion again by remembering that as a civilised nation Switzerland has its part to play in the cause of law and order. Next thing we know, the Swiss will be divulging secret bank accounts (...).