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Polanski freed as Switzerland rejects US extradition plea

Switzerland released Roman Polanski from more than seven months of house arrest in his Alpine chalet yesterday after rejecting an American extradition request which would have returned him to the US to face charges of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

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Switzerland said today it would not send Roman Polanski back to the United States to face sentencing for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, freeing the Oscar-winning director from 10 months arrest.

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Polanski 'abused me when I was 16,' says British actress

Los Angeles prosecutors have met a British actress who claims she was sexually abused by director Roman Polanski when she was 16 - years before she appeared in one of his films.

Birdemic: Schlock horrors that come low on the pecking order

Birdemic, a tribute to The Birds, is the latest in a long line of terrible Alfred Hitchcock remakes. Why does the master of suspense inspire so many turkeys, wonders Francesca Steele

Polanski says case against him is a 'lie'

After seven months under house arrest in his Swiss chalet, and still facing extradition, Roman Polanski has broken a long silence over his 33-year-old sex conviction, claiming the case against him is based on a "lie" and accusing the US authorities of wanting to "serve me on a platter to the media of the world".

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