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Polanski will likely return to Calif.

September 28, 2009 12:46:35 AM PDT
He is known for directing such movies as "Rosemary's Baby," "China Town" and "The Pianist," but Sunday night, Roman Polanski is behind bars after finally being caught in a decades-old rape case."Here's an individual who has wanted to get this case resolved for a long time, but on his terms," says L.A. County District Attorney, Steve Cooley.

"He's going to be on the terms of the L.A. County justice system," Cooley adds.

Polanksi became a fugitive in 1978 when he was charged with raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photo shoot.

Geimer claims Polanksi gave her drugs and alcohol, and then despite her protests, sexually assaulted her.

Polanski plead guilty and cut a plea deal, but when it came time to sentencing, the director claims the judge conspired with prosecutors.

Facing 50 years in prison, Polanski fled the country and has since been living in his native France.

Over the weekend - Polanski was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival in Switzerland.

However, when he arrived at the Zurich Airport Saturday night, authorities were waiting for him.

Sunday, fans and friends in Europe expressed their outrage.

"Millions and millions of people love his work, he's a brilliant guy, and he made a little mistake 32 years ago, what a shame for Switzerland," says Otto Weisser, Polanski's friend.

Even the victim in his rape case, now in her 40s, has forgiven him.

"You know, I knew it was just as bad for him as it was for me," says Geimer.

"I know that if he could, he would go back and he wouldn't do it again," she adds.

But now, legal experts say it's evident that the Oscar winning director will not be able to escape his past.

"I think right now, it looks likely that Roman Polanski is going to end up back in California facing the judge for the sentencing that happened really long time ago," says Laurie Levenson, a former U.S. prosecutor.

Polanski will likely fight extradition, which means it could be months before he returns back to the U.S. Officials in Poland and France are now demanding that the director be immediately released from custody. They're also asking the U.S. government for clemency for the film maker.

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