Roman Polanski takes stage at Zurich film festival

September 28, 2011 • Entertainment

Polish born film director Roman Polanski writes autographs as he arrives to pick up the award for his life work at the Film Festival in Zurich, Swzitzerland, Tuesday, Sept.27, 2011. The award was intended to be given two years ago to Polanski when he was arrested and prisoned for 70 days. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

ZURICH (AP) — Two years after police in Zurich led Roman Polanski away to prison, the Oscar-winning director returned to a very different reception in the city, where he wrapped himself in applause and recognition Tuesday night by picking up a cinematic award and releasing a “memoir” of his life that had been treated like a state secret.

The Polish-French director of “Rosemary’s Baby” took the stage of the Zurich Film Festival to finally accept the lifetime achievement award that he was unable to pick up in 2009, after being arrested for a decades-old sex-crime case.

He had been arrested by Swiss police on arrival at the Zurich airport on a U.S. warrant from 1978, then spent months in prison and later house arrest because of charges that he had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

But he successfully avoided extradition to the United States after the Swiss government declined to deport him.

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