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Polanski questioned over U.S. extradition request: Polish state agency

/ Source: Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish prosecutors have questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski following a U.S. request for his extradition over a 1977 child sex crime conviction, state agency PAP reported on Wednesday citing prosecutors' office sources.

The questioning took place in Krakow, southern Poland. The prosecutors are likely to issue a statement on Thursday, PAP added. Polanski, who was born to Polish parents but lives in France, has been spending time in the southern Polish city of Krakow, where he is planning to shoot a film.

The filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photoshoot in Los Angeles, fueled by champagne and drugs.

Polanski served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain. He fled the United States the following year, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years.

In 2009, Polanski was arrested in the Swiss city of Zurich on the U.S. warrant and placed under house arrest. He was freed in 2010 after Swiss authorities decided not to extradite him to the United States.

(Reporting by Pawel Sobczak; Writing by Wiktor Szary; Editing by Ralph Boulton)