What does it mean to "pull a polanski"?

As I was re-watching CSI this "term" popped out. "By the time, he might relocate to Europe and pull a polanski." I tried googling it but didn't find anything satisfactory. It's gotta be some kind of trick to evade the law but how does it work and why is it called "polanski"?

Thanks beforehand.

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  • 9 years ago
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    This most likely refers to Roman Polanski, a French-British film director.

    In 1977, Polanski was arrested for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl by the name of Samantha Geimer. When he learned that the judge was going to imprison him... here, this is from Wikipedia:

    Polanski fled initially to London on 1 February 1978, where he maintained a residence. A day later he traveled on to France, where he held citizenship, avoiding the risk of extradition to the United States by Britain. Consistent with its extradition treaty with the United States, France can refuse to extradite its own citizens,[30] and an extradition request later filed by U.S. officials was denied.

    So, yeah. He fled to France in order to escape imprisonment. Hope this helps!

  • 9 years ago

    In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged with a number of offenses against Samantha Geimer, a 13-year-old girl[1] – rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.[2] At his arraignment Polanski pleaded not guilty to all charges,[3] but later accepted a plea bargain whose terms included dismissal of five of the initial charges[4] in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse.[4][5]

    Polanski underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation,[6] and it was expected that he would only receive probation at his sentencing. However, upon learning that he was likely to face imprisonment and deportation,[5][7] Polanski fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced.[8] Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.

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