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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Woody Allen voices Polanski support

Woody Allen has stated his support for fugitive director Roman Polanski (AP)
Woody Allen has stated his support for fugitive director Roman Polanski (AP)

Woody Allen has restated his support for fugitive director Roman Polanski, under house arrest over a 33-year-old child sex scandal.

In an interview with France Info radio from the Cannes Film Festival, the acotr and film-maker said Polanski, 76, "was embarrassed by the whole thing", "has suffered" and "has paid his dues".

He said Polanski is "an artist and is a nice person" who "did something wrong and he paid for it".

Polanski, the Oscar-winning director of Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, but fled to France before sentencing and remained a fugitive until Swiss authorities arrested him on September 26 last year on a US warrant as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival.

He was taken into custody in September and is currently under house arrest in Gstaad.

Earlier this week, new allegations surfaced when British actress Charlotte Lewis, 42, claimed Polanski had sexually abused her when she was 16.

It is not clear whether Woody was aware of the new allegations when he made the remarks. He has previously signed a petition calling for Polanski's release.

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