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Roman Polanski is a free man! Well, he has been for 30 years-plus now, despite facing a prison term in the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Oscar-winning director will remain free, though, thanks to Switzerland's Federal Department of Justice cited a recent flaw in the U.S. extradition request.

The Swiss argue that Roman Polanski, who maintains a home in Switzerland, could reliably expect not to be arrested and deported to face sentencing in America.

Basically, since the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the last few years but never acted on it, the government is refusing to send him packing.

Roman Polanski remains free and in Europe.

Polanski, who was recently apprehended and also accused of sexually abusing Charlotte Lewis, has already been released from house arrest, authorities said.

The announcement was a dramatic development in a case that has lasted more than 30 years and appeared to be drawing to a conclusion earlier this year.

In 1978, Polanski, now a French citizen, fled the U.S. for the confines of Europe hours before he was to be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a minor.

He has not set foot in the U.S. since.

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British actress Charlotte Lewis has come forward to say legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski, 76, sexually abused her over 25 years ago, when she was only 16.

This was four years after he fled the U.S. to avoid sentencing on charges that he unlawfully had sex with a minor (statutory rape), a legal fight he is still waging.

Lewis, who co-starred with Eddie Murphy in The Golden Child, was front and center at (of course) a Gloria Allred news conference yesterday to tell her story.

Lewis and Allred met with L.A. County Deputy D.A. David Walgren this week to make the allegations, which coincide with decades-old efforts to sentence Polanski. 

It is unclear if Lewis' claims will be used for the extradition or sentencing case involving Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1977 after bedding a 13-year-old.

Charlotte Lewis Picture

This is the Charlotte Lewis accusing Roman Polanski of sexual abuse, on a 1993 cover of Playboy. Other pictures of a redhead are a Lost character by the same name.

As a French citizen, Polanski has avoided being extradited to the U.S. for decades. He is under house arrest in Switzerland after finally being taken into custody last year.

The law of consent in France is 15, but Allred says that's irrelevant to the allegations made by Charlotte Lewis. So will Polanski ever face the music for either incident?

Polanski's legal team said in a statement:

"We don't have any information about statements at a Gloria Allred press conference today, but we do know the D.A. continues to refuse to provide the Swiss government accurate and complete information relevant to the extradition issue."

Polanski earned Oscar nominations for Best Director for Rosemary's Baby, Tess and The Pianist, winning for the latter. His most recent film is this year's The Ghost Writer.

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